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PA admits giving first vaccines to government officials rather than healthcare staff

After public pressure and calls for greater transparency, the Palestinian Authority acknowledges that some of its vaccines went to government officials rather than healthcare workers.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry had previously said that the doses were going exclusively to health care workers and the elderly. But in a statement on Tuesday, the PA admitted that some of the doses had gone to others.

The list of those vaccinated includes government ministers, executive members of the Palestine Liberation Organization older than 65, and the Palestinian national soccer team.

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