In an act of benevolence despite the heated conflict between Israel and Palestine, the Jewish nation has planned to transfer approximately 1.2 million Pfizer vaccines to the Palestinians in the coming days to help them with their weak coronavirus vaccination campaign.
The decision was reportedly taken up this week by Israel’s new Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and senior Health Ministry officials. Earlier this year, Israel faced months of intense criticism from rights groups and medical professionals for failing to assist the Palestinians in their inoculation drive.
According to a Haaretz report, the vaccines would be in the form of “a loan,” with Israel giving Ramallah doses from its stockpile of Pfizer vaccines. The condition will be that the doses would be replenished with the ones that the Palestinians have on order. Although the move isn’t officially confirmed yet, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days.
As it stands, the Palestinian Authority is failing to provide doses to the population and is in desperate need of help in inoculating a remainder of the citizens. According to the PA Health Ministry as of this week, 436,275 people had received at least one dose, with some 260,000 having received both doses. Among these include more than 100,000 Palestinian workers that Israel has vaccinated since March.