Netanyahu, Pence agree to collaborate to fight coronavirus spread

The Health Ministry is expected to announce a final decision regarding American travelers by end of day Sunday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during the AIPAC convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2020. (photo credit: TOM BRENNER/REUTERS)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during the AIPAC convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2020.
(photo credit: TOM BRENNER/REUTERS)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Vice President Mike Pence spoke Sunday about collaborating to fight the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Prime Minister's Office. 
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx joined the call, as well. 
According to the PMO, the talks focused on promoting technological and scientific collaboration.
The release came amid reports that Netanyahu would be speaking to Pence about a  possible decision to place US citizens entering Israel in a 14-day quarantine, according to Israel's Channel 13.
On Saturday night the Health Ministry said that it is holding discussions about placing travelers from the states of Washington, New York and California under quarantine.
Netanyahu is specifically holding discussions with Pence because it would have "immense effect on Israel's economy," the Channel 13 report said.
The Health Ministry is expected to announce a final decision regarding American travelers by end of day Sunday.



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