The Israeli Authority said it had supplied the COVID-19 vaccine to Palestine on Monday, February 1 local time. For the first phase, 2,000 doses of Moderna vaccine were sent.
The vaccine is delivered to the West Bank territory occupied by Israel and will be used by Palestinian Authority medical personnel, said the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which liaises Israel’s military with Palestine.
“Israel has allocated an additional 3,000 doses for Palestine,” a COGAT spokesman told Reuters. Palestinian officials refused to confirm or deny the delivery.
Earlier, the Authority announced a plan to provide 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to medical workers on the Palestinian front.
“In accordance with the recommendation of the Minister of Defense and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Region, the political echelons agreed (on Friday) to transfer 5,000 doses of vaccine to the medical team in the Palestinian Authority,” the military source said in a statement Sunday, January 31, as reported by Times of Israel.
It is known that the Palestinian Authority has separately tried to secure the COVID-19 vaccine by ordering a batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
“Palestine will also receive more than 35,000 to 40,000 vaccines from the COVAX global vaccine sharing program in the coming weeks,” a World Health Organization (WHO) official said.