By Oisin Sweeney • 31 January 2021 • 18:36
Israel has been told by the UN it is obligated to provide jabs to Palestinians - Image Source: Pixabay
ISRAEL has agreed to transfer just 5000 doses of its massive Pfizer vaccine stock to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
Israel has announced that it will transfer 5000 Pfizer vaccine doses to Palestinian health workers, raising criticism of inequality as those living in Gaza and the West Bank find themselves excluded from the country’s world-leading rollout.
In a deal hatched with Pfizer, Israel agreed to exchange valuable medical data in return for securing a huge volume of vaccine doses. As a result, 20% of Israel’s population (1.7m) have received both required doses – while a further 3 million have received their first jab. This makes Israel the most vaccinated country on Earth, yet this achievement has not been shared with those living in the impoverished and unstable Palestinian territories.
Israel’s government claims that, under the Oslo accords signed in the 1990s, Palestinian Authorities are responsible for their own public health. Palestine has yet to launch any vaccine rollout, although it did reportedly receive a consignment of Russia’s Sputnik doses that seemingly did not reach its population. The UN has said that the Geneva Convention on occupied territories overrides the accords, meaning Israel is responsible for providing Palestinians with vaccinations.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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