Israel may hand Palestinians COVID-19 vaccines if it has surplus

Israel will consider handing the Palestinian Authority coronavirus vaccines if ends up having a surplus of doses, Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch tells the Kan public broadcaster.

“Israel is ensuring it has more than 100% of the vaccines for Israel,” Kisch says. “If we see Israel’s needs have been fulfilled and we have more capabilities, we will definitely also consider helping the Palestinian Authority.”

However, he adds, “Israeli citizens will come first.”

The West Bank is going through a severe outbreak, as is the Gaza Strip. The PA is expected to receive some 4 million doses of Russia’s vaccine, but that may not be enough and there are still doubts about that vaccine.