Some 20,000 doses of anti-Covid vaccines arrived in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza from the United Arab Emirates and via the Egyptian border on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses. These vaccines are “intended for medical teams” in the Gaza Strip, said a group led by a dissident from the Palestinian Fatah movement, Mohammed Dahlan, who currently lives in exile in the Emirates and claims responsibility for the transfer of vaccines.
The Palestinian Authority announced on Friday February 19 an agreement with Israel to vaccinate some 100,000 Palestinians working in Israeli territory against Covid-19, where a vast vaccination campaign is being carried out. “Palestinian and Israeli health ministries meet to seek to limit the spread of novel coronavirus variantsThe Palestinian ministry said in a statement. “It was agreed to vaccinate 100,000 Palestinians working in Israel».
500 dead from Covid-19 in Gaza
A first batch of 2,000 doses of Sputnik anti-coronavirus vaccines had already arrived last Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, after the transfer by the Hebrew state was blocked. The transfer had taken place at the request of the Palestinian Authority and with “the approval of the (Israeli) political level,” said Cogat, the Israeli body responsible for civilian operations in the Palestinian Territories. The Palestinian Authority, which sits in the West Bank, earlier accused Israel of refusing entry of these vaccines into Gaza, an impoverished enclave of two million inhabitants. The Cogat had for its part affirmed that the Palestinian request for entry of vaccines was “under examination and awaits (a) a political decision”. The Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, had denounced a “violation” of international law.
In Gaza, around 54,000 infections have been recorded since the start of the pandemic, including more than 500 dead, but medical sources have reported a decrease in hospitalizations in recent weeks.
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