US Medics to Create COVID-19-Proof Bubble for Pompeo During Israel Trip – Medical Officer

# 03:33
9 May 2020

US State Department medics will employ multiple mitigation measures to ensure a coronavirus (COVID-19)-proof environment during the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Israel, a rare foreign trip amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Chief Medical Officer William Walters told reporters, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

Pompeo will travel to Jerusalem on 12-13 May to discuss with the leaders of the emerging Israeli government - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Speaker of Knesset Benny Gantz - a variety of bilateral and global issues, including joint efforts to defeat COVID-19, Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and what US officials refer to as Iran’s “malign activities” across the region.


“We have been able to develop a range of risk-mitigation steps that we feel create a safe environment for both, the Secretary and the traveling party, in close coordination with the Embassy in Jerusalem as well as our Israeli counterparts,” Walters said during a briefing on Friday.