Planned visit to Israel by Pfizer CEO postponed

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla’s planned visit to Israel next week has been postponed, Channel 12 News reports.

No reason is immediately given for the cancelation.

There had been some criticism ahead of the planned visit that its timing shortly before the March 23 election could be seen as illegal campaign propaganda by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly touted his good relations with Bourla as a major reason Israel was able to secure large quantities of coronavirus vaccines so quickly.

Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 26, 2019. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)