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Health officials say failure to provide Palestinians vaccines is unwise – TV

Palestinian workers enter Israel through the Meitar checkpoint near Hebron in the West Bank, May 5, 2020. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Palestinian workers enter Israel through the Meitar checkpoint near Hebron in the West Bank, May 5, 2020. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Health Ministry officials believe Israel’s alleged refusal to provide vaccines from the stocks it has purchased to the Palestinian Authority is a misstep, Channel 12 News reports.

Recent days have seen reports that the World Health Organization appealed to Israel to send inoculations to the PA, but Jerusalem said it would not do so at this time.

The unnamed health officials tell the network this is unwise from an epidemiological standpoint. “We can’t have tens of thousands of unvaccinated people coming into Israeli territory,” they say.

Tens of thousands of workers from the West Bank enter Israel every day, though some limitations have been placed on their entry during national lockdowns.

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