In a gesture of goodwill, Israel announced on Wednesday that it will donate a total of around 1 Million vaccines to African nations where vaccine supply is still dismal.
Making the announcement of donating 1 million coronavirus vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX program, Israel’s e Foreign Ministry said the AstraZeneca vaccines would be transferred in the coming weeks, a decision that was part of Israel’s strengthening ties with the African countries.
According to the announcement made by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, the vaccines would reach close to a quarter of African countries, though it did not provide a list. Israel has close ties with a number of African nations, including Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Israel also established relations with Sudan last year as part of a series of U.S.-brokered accords.
“I am delighted that Israel can contribute and be a partner in eradicating the pandemic around the world,” Lapid said, referring to the COVAX initiative that aims to provide coronavirus vaccines to poorer nations. Wealthier countries have acquired most of the world’s vaccine supplies, causing vast inequality in access to jabs.
Apart from this initiative to bridge the gap, Israel has also previously vaccinated tens of thousands of Palestinians who work in Israel and its settlements.