: A health worker prepares to vaccinate former Palestinian health minister Jawad Tibi against the coronavirus disease
A medic prepares to administer the coronavirus vaccine to former Palestinian health minister Jawad Tibi
Photo: Reuters
A Palestinian medic receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Palestinian PM makes international appeal for coronavirus vaccines

As Mohammad Shtayyeh urges friendly nations, companies and WHO to 'fulfill their obligations to us,' human rights groups call on PA to explain criteria used for distributing its vaccines, which have so far been given to senior officials

Associated Press |
Published: 03.10.21, 21:37
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh is appealing to the international community to deliver promised vaccines against COVID-19.
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  • His office says the prime minister on Tuesday urged friendly countries and companies, as well as the World Health Organization, to "fulfill their obligations to us."
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    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
    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
    A Palestinian medic receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the West Bank city of Bethlehem
    (Photo: AP)
    Shtayyeh says United Nations deliveries expected this month through COVAX, the WHO-backed program to assist poorer nations, are now delayed.
    The virus has surged through the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Israel has come under significant international criticism for giving its own population vaccines without doing the same for Palestinians, despite sending some 5,000 vaccine doses to the PA from its own stockpile.
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    Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh at his office in Ramallah, June 27, 2019
    Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh at his office in Ramallah, June 27, 2019
    Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh
    (Photo: Reuters)
    And while Israel this week began to vaccinate Palestinian laborers who work in the country, that effort will only cover a small percentage of the roughly 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    Israel says that under the Oslo Accords, it is not responsible for vaccinating the Palestinian populations in those areas. Human rights groups say Israel remains an occupying power with an obligation to assist the Palestinians.
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    : A health worker prepares to vaccinate former Palestinian health minister Jawad Tibi against the coronavirus disease
    : A health worker prepares to vaccinate former Palestinian health minister Jawad Tibi against the coronavirus disease
    A medic prepares to administer the coronavirus vaccine to former Palestinian health minister Jawad Tibi
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Meanwhile, the PA's leadership has come under heavy criticism for its decision to divert some of its tiny stockpile of coronavirus vaccines to senior officials, soccer players and others, despite saying repeatedly that its first vaccines would go to medical workers and elderly patients, who are at greatest risk of severe illness or death.
    This controversy has fed into long-standing concerns about corruption within the PA as it struggles to respond to the ever-worsening outbreak.
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