“unused” doses in Israel will go to other countries and the Palestinians

Israel said on Tuesday February 23 that it would send a “limited quantity“Doses of anti-Covid vaccine”unusedTo the Palestinians and to certain countries, such as Honduras, which plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel, which holds the world record for the number of citizens vaccinated, has already administered the two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine to three million Israelis, almost a third of its population. The Hebrew state launched a massive and rapid vaccination campaign on December 19 after a deal with Pfizer allowed Israel to quickly obtain millions of doses in exchange for biomedical data on the effect of the vaccine.

«Israel has received numerous requests for help from countries demanding vaccines“A statement from the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, specifying that the Jewish state was unable to provide assistance”significantBefore the end of his vaccination campaign. But in favor of “a limited amount of unused vaccine accumulated in the past month“, Israel decided”assist medical personnel in the Palestinian Authority and several countries“By sending them”a symbolic quantity of vaccinesAdded the statement.

Israel has already sent thousands of doses of vaccine to the occupied West Bank in recent weeks for Palestinian medical personnel in the Palestinian Authority. According to the UN and NGOs, Israel has “l’obligation“, As a power”occupant“, of “provide»Vaccines to the 2.8 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and to the two million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, under Israeli blockade.

On the other hand, the Israeli media cited in particular Honduras as a country likely to receive doses of vaccine, this state having announced last year its intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The prime minister’s office declined to comment on the information but a source familiar with the matter told AFP that Honduras would indeed be one of the beneficiary countries.

The Czech prime minister’s office confirmed to AFP on Tuesday that his country had received 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine sent by Israel. “It’s a gift from Israel to the Czech Republic“Tunde Bartha, chief of staff to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, told AFP. The Czech Republic is due to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem in March.

The United States – under the presidency of Donald Trump – transferred in 2018 its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while the majority of countries do not recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel, the UN considering that its status should be the subject of an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. The Hebrew state seized the eastern sector of Jerusalem in 1967, then annexed it and now considers the whole city as its capital “eternal“And”indivisibleWhile the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state to which they aspire.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz for his part denounced this offer of vaccines, accusing in a tweet Benjamin Netanyahu of doing “trade with vaccines intended for Israeli citizens»And to believe himself at the head of«a kingdom and not a state».

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