Pfizer will stop shipping 700,000 COVID vaccines to Israel after the country is reported to have failed to pay

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Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Los Angeles Times via Irrfan Khan / Getty Images

  • Pfizer has stopped shipping 700,000 COVID vaccines arriving in Israel on Sunday.

  • Pfizer has stopped shipping because Israel failed to pay for the last 2.5 million payments sent there.

  • Israeli media reported that Pfizer staff called Israel the “Banana Republic” for fear of further delays in payments.

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Pfizer has stopped shipping 700,000 COVID vaccines arriving in Israel on Sunday because it failed to pay for the last 2.5 million vaccines shipped to Israel.

according to Jerusalem Post, Pfizer-The shipment of 700,000 doses of BioNTech COVID vaccine was scheduled to arrive in Israel last Sunday, but was postponed indefinitely until payment was made.

The Jerusalem Post said the local Israeli media, Army Radio, has disseminated reports that Pfizer staff have called the country the “Banana Republic” and commented on its political instability. wrote. Pfizer officials also reported concerns that the Israeli government, now headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would not pay.

Netanyahu administration Develop a mass vaccination campaign After paying the first 10 million vaccines, supply began to run short in February.

according to ReutersThe Israeli government has tried to purchase the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine about 36 million more times, which will cost about 3.5 billion shekels (about $ 1.05 million). However, these plans (and a motion to approve funds for the payment of 700,000 COVID vaccines) were abandoned when Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz were involved in a political debate over the appointment of a judiciary.

To date, Israel has recorded more than 834,000 COVID cases and 6,243 deaths.

Pfizer answered a post question about vaccine delays and said it had completed all deliveries in accordance with a contract to provide approximately 2.6 billion shekels ($ 785 million) of COVID vaccines signed last November.

In a statement to the Jerusalem Post, “The company is currently working with the Israeli government to renew the agreement and supply the country with additional vaccines. This work is ongoing, but shipments have been adjusted. There is a possibility. “

Approximately 5.27 million Israelis over the age of 16 received the first dose of the vaccine and 4.84 million received the second dose. This makes Israel one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates, with more than half of the 9.3 million population receiving at least one vaccination.

Insiders sought comment from Pfizer and the Israeli Ministry of Health.

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