Pfizer CEO Albert Burla was unable to travel to Israel due to a lack of coronavirus vaccination, The Jerusalem Post reports.
He explained that he was given the first injection, but the re-vaccination time had not yet come. He admitted that he had not been vaccinated before so that the vaccine would go to “the one who needs it more.”
In connection with the current situation, Burla decided to postpone the planned visit to Israel for several days.
Earlier, Israel questioned the claimed effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine. The coordinator of the national coronavirus program, Professor Nachman Ash, said that more than 12.4 thousand Israelis became infected with the coronavirus even after receiving the vaccine’s first dose. Among them, there are at least 69 infected who received the second injection.
Mass vaccination against COVID-19 in Israel began on December 19. At first, the drug was received by medical workers and medical students. Among the first in line are also Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and heads of municipalities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first to be vaccinated against the coronavirus with the Pfizer vaccine.
On January 20, an Israeli doctor told Pfizer about complications from the vaccine. According to Leonid Eidelman, facial paralysis after the coronavirus vaccine is rare; in most patients, such a complication after vaccination passes rather quickly, but its cause is still unclear.