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Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
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Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Netanyahu speaks to Pfizer, Moderna heads behind Bennett's back

Opposition leader bypasses successor to get update on vaccine's status and supply rate as country comes to grips with Delta variant, urges government to stop 'mucking around'

Moran Azulay |
Published: 07.21.21, 22:10
Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna several times in recent days to push for a third coronavirus vaccine dose while leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett out of the loop.
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  • "The government must immediately bring the third vaccine to Israel, there is no other way to save lives and leave the economy open," the former prime minister said in a Twitter post with an accompanying video message.
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    Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
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    Netanyahu apparently neglected to notify Bennett neither prior to nor after calling Pfizer and Moderna chiefs Albert Bourla and Stéphane Bancel, respectively.
    Following those conversations, the Likud leader came to the conclusion that Israel must immediately order millions more vaccines to protect the country's adult population over the age of 50 from the highly transmissible Delta variant.
    However, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz claimed on Wednesday Israel is not currently experiencing any dearth of vaccines.
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    Netanyahu has offered scathing criticism of Bennett's leadership since the new government was sworn in last month, removing Netanyahu from power after 12 years as Israel's longest-serving prime minister.
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