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Israel negotiating COVID vaccine swap deal with UK

An Israeli receives a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on June 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
An Israeli receives a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on June 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel is negotiating with the United Kingdom to broker a COVID-19 vaccine swap deal, reports Channel 12 news.

According to the report, Israel is seeking to ship some of its Pfizer vaccines that are due to expire at the end of July to the UK. In exchange, it is hoping to receive an equivalent number of vaccines that the UK is slated to receive from Pfizer in September.

Israel is also reportedly seeking answers from Pfizer if it can use the vaccines it already has past their expiration date. But without a clear answer, it is warning that it will not offer the first COVID shot to Israelis after July 9, since there will not be unexpired vaccines for their second dose three weeks later.

Earlier this month, Israel attempted a similar vaccine deal with the Palestinian Authority, but it fell through after the PA backtracked from receiving soon-to-be-expired doses.

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