The CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla had to cancel a trip to Israel in March, because he wasn’t fully vaccinated. The eyebrow-raising news was reported by the Jerusalem Post.
“Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has canceled his expected visit to Israel after it turned out he has not been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus,” the Jerusalem Post reported, citing news channel N12.
“According to the channel, Bourla, as well as members of the delegation that was meant to accompany him during his visit, have not received the second dose of the vaccine,” the report continued.
“As a result, it was decided to delay the visit by several days, which also posed a logistic challenge because of the upcoming Israeli elections,” the report added. But it turns out that he never went.
Bourla’s excuse for not getting the vaccine right away is that he did not want to “cut in line,” as he said in a CNBC interview in December. He claims that he had only received one shot of the vaccine by mid-March. But despite being invited to attend an Independence Day celebration in Israel in mid-April, the CEO said that he was unable to come.
“At Israel’s main Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla delivered a recorded video message broadcast on national TV,” the AP reported.
“Together we are demonstrating that through mass vaccination we can defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives,” he said in the video-recorded broadcast.
“Bourla, a son of Jewish Holocaust survivors from Greece, had reportedly been invited to attend in person as a representative of Diaspora Jewry but was unable to come,” the AP added.
The Pfizer CEO nonetheless had shown himself in a March post getting the reported second shot of the vaccine.