Pfizer chief: Netanyahu convinced me Israel right place to prove vaccine

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tells Channel 12 that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convinced him Israel was the right place for a case study of the company’s vaccines, leading to the quick delivery of millions of doses to the Jewish state.

He says Netanyahu “called me 30 times” on the vaccines. Nevertheless, Bourla says the company will “supply vaccines whoever is the prime minister.”

He says: “We knew that it is very appropriate for humanity to be able to select one country that we can demonstrate what the vaccination of the people can do to the health index, to the health of the people, and to the economic index, because they would be able to reopen the economy. And of course, I was talking with several heads of state. I spoke to your prime minister. He convinced me that Israel is the place with the right conditions. But also I was impressed frankly with the obsession of your prime minister. He called me 30 times.”

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, December 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)