Israel sends 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestine

Israel sends 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestine

Vials with a sticker reading - "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" - and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo, October 31, 2020.

According to a statement by the office of Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, cited by the Associated Press, the transfer has been approved but no further details have been given.

Data shows that around 1.7 million people, nearly 20% of the population, have already received both vaccine doses, while more than three million people have received their first.

"Israeli authorities must ensure that vaccines are equally provided to the Palestinians living under their control, in order to meet their obligations under global law".

Israel has earmarked an additional 3,000 doses for the Palestinians, a COGAT official said.

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Vaccinations have not yet begun in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory under Israeli military occupation since the 1967 Six-Day War.

The PA announced this month that it had signed four contracts to obtain vaccines against the virus, which will be delivered in the coming months and cover 70 percent of the Palestinian population.

The move comes after United Nations officials and human rights groups urged Israel to provide vaccines to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There are about 2.7 million Palestinians residing in the West Bank, and another 1.8 million in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has yet to comment on the news of the Israeli Occupation sending vaccines. Worldwide rights groups have slammed the Israeli regime for the negligence.

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