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Israel to send vaccines to PA, other unspecified countries

The Prime Minister’s Office announces that it will send a shipment of thousands of vaccines to the Palestinian Authority.

According to a statement, Israel has been contacted by numerous countries with requests for vaccines.

“Israel doesn’t manufacture the vaccines itself and has informed the countries that the quantities ordered by Israel are designated for the vaccination of its population and there is no expectation that it can significantly help until the vaccination drive in Israel ends,” the statement says.

But it adds that the stocks of vaccines in the country allow it to transfer a symbolic number of immunizations to Palestinian medical staff and to other countries that have asked Israel for help. The statement does not name the countries or the type of vaccines that will be donated. It says thousands of immunizations will be sent to Ramallah.

Tal Schneider contributed to this report.

A medic administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a fellow medic during a campaign to vaccinate front-line medical workers, at the health ministry, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Feb. 3, 2021. (AP/Nasser Nasser)
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