Israel said it would deliver 5,000 doses of the Covid vaccine 19 To vaccinate Palestinian health workers in the front lines to confront the epidemic.
Israel has one of the most advanced vaccination programs in the world, but Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza do not have a similar program.
UN experts said Israel was responsible for the vaccinations there.
Israel said this is not part of the agreed protocols and has not received any requests from the Palestinians. This is the first time that Israel has transferred a vaccine to the Palestinians.
لماذا did not Palestinians get vaccinations?
Johns Hopkins University research shows that Israel has recorded about 640,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic, and just over 4,700 deaths. The research showed that there were approximately 160,000 cases in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with 1,833 deaths.
And Israel’s special agreement with Pfizer, under which Israel provides vital medical data in exchange for a rapid release of the vaccine, helped it become the country with the largest number of vaccinators in the world compared to the population.
About 1.7 million people, or nearly 20 percent of the population, have already received the two doses of the vaccine. More than three million people received the first dose. Despite this, the country remains under lockdown.
The office of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz confirmed on Sunday that Israel will transfer vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian side has not commented yet.
What is the situation in the regions? Palestinian؟
Neither the West Bank, whose limited self-rule the Palestinian Authority runs, nor Gaza, controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, have begun vaccination programs.
Palestinian health officials say vaccine supply deals are being negotiated, but it is unclear when they will start.
The Palestinian territories also hope to benefit from the Kovacs scheme, supported by the World Health Organization, to provide vaccines to poor countries and countries, but the timing is not yet known.
Several thousand doses of the Russian-made vaccine arrived, but it was not clear who received them.
About 2.7 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza.
Who is responsible for vaccinating Palestinians?
Israel refers to the Oslo Accords, which were agreed upon in 1993 and 1995, which set out how to govern parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in an interim framework until a permanent peace settlement is reached.
It says the Oslo Accords give the Palestinian Authority oversight over public health under the principles of self-determination.
The Palestinians say that these agreements also stipulate that Israel must cooperate in combating epidemics and infectious diseases.
UN experts say the Geneva Convention on the Occupied Territories takes precedence over these agreements, and it is Israel’s responsibility to provide equitable access to vaccines to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
However, international law experts disagree on this issue and on many other issues surrounding the occupied territories.
The comprehensive Israeli vaccination campaign includes Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in East Jerusalem.
On Friday, the World Health Organization warned of “vaccine nationalism,” saying there was “a real danger that the tools that can help end the epidemic – vaccines – could exacerbate” global inequality.