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Israel will vaccinate Palestinians with work permits against Covid-19




Doses of vaccine arrive in the Palestinian Territories in droplet form (photo: WHO)
Doses of vaccine arrive in the Palestinian Territories in droplet form (photo: WHO)
ISRAEL / PALESTINE. On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Cogat (a body under the Ministry of Defense supervising civilian activities in the Palestinian Territories) indicated that Palestinians holding a work permit for the Israeli territory or West Bank settlements will benefit from vaccination against Covid-19. The vaccination will be carried out in the coming days through the entry points between the West Bank and Israel and in the industrial areas located in the West Bank with the vaccine from the company Moderna.

The Cogat states in a press release that this operation is aimed at "preserving public health and maintaining the functioning of the economy". According to the Palestinian Workers Union, some thousands of Palestinians working in the Israeli services and industrial sectors have already been vaccinated through their employers.

An agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was reached on February 19, 2021 to allow the 130,000 Palestinians with jobs in Israel to be vaccinated.

 

32,000 doses for 5.2 million people

At the same time, the Israeli government had committed, at the end of January 2021, to transfer 5,000 doses of vaccines to the Palestinian Authority for its medical teams. Only 2,000 have arrived to date.

Palestinians have received about 32,000 doses, including those donated by Israel - mainly the Russian Sputnik V vaccine - for an estimated population of 5.2 million people (West Bank and Gaza Strip). According to the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University, 183,612 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, resulting in 2,042 deaths.

Since the launch of its mass vaccination campaign on December 19, 2020, 50% of its Israeli population has received at least a first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The CSSE estimates that the country has had 778,172 cases and 5,758 deaths.

 

Eric Apim


Monday, March 1st 2021



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