After the recent furor against Israel, wherein the Palestinian Authority sent back approximately 90,000 vaccine doses given by Israel- alleging that they had a June-end expiry date- Israeli Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy said Monday that Israel is using the same vaccines rejected by the Palestinian Authority to inoculate its own population against the coronavirus “right now.”
Last week, the PA agreed but then later rejected a deal for Israel to deliver 1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, saying that the first 100,000 delivered were too close to expiring. Claiming that the vaccines were too close to expiring, the PA on Sunday said it would seek to renegotiate the deal, whilst sending back around 90,000 of the doses.
Whilst this put Israel in a bad light, the truth of the matter was revealed by Levy on Monday, as he said that the returned vaccines were absolutely fine and Israel was using the same ones as part of its drive to vaccinate children aged 12 to 15.
Speaking to a local media channel, Levy said, “We didn’t deliver a single vaccine [to the Palestinians] that had expired. We delivered the exact same vaccines that we are using right now for our people and our children.” He went on to explain that the initial shipment to Palestinians was of vaccines that expire at the end of June and later shipments would have later expiration dates.