PA acknowledges receiving vaccines, doesn’t mention they’re from Israel

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry acknowledges receiving 2,000 Moderna vaccines today — without mentioning that Israel transferred them.

In an announcement earlier on Monday, the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories — Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians — said that it had transferred 2,000 coronavirus vaccines for Palestinian health care workers, through the Beitunia checkpoint south of Ramallah.

A senior Palestinian health official at first denied any knowledge of the matter to The Times of Israel. When the Health Ministry later admits to receiving the vaccines, its statement does not mention Israel as the source.

The alleged transfer of vaccines from Israeli authorities to Palestinians at Beitunia checkpoint south of Ramallah, on February 1, 2021. (courtesy)

The vaccines are intended to be used by health care workers, the PA says in a statement.

In its statement, the PA health ministry denies that vaccines had been distributed to “any groups not otherwise mentioned” — a tacit reference to rumors alleging that vaccines had been quietly handed out to PA leaders and their associates.

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