Israel is giving a "symbolic" amount of surplus COVID-19 vaccines to the Palestinians and to several countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister's Office said the vaccines would be used by the foreign recipients' medical personnel.
An Israeli official said Honduras was among the recipients. The Central American country said last year it intended to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem, a diplomatic gain for Israel.
The Honduran embassy in Israel had no immediate comment.
Israel has been importing Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc vaccines. According to the Health Ministry, it has administered at least one Pfizer dose to almost 50% of its 9 million population as well as to Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
But it has come under foreign criticism for not providing similarly for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
This month the Palestinians received an initial shipment of Moderna vaccines from Israel and have also begun administering Russia's Sputnik V vaccines in Gaza and the West Bank.
An official in Jerusalem said the matter was discussed by Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken on Monday.
Ashkenazi updated him about the amount of vaccines transferred to Gaza and the West Bank, and the vaccination of Palestinian laborers in Israel, the official said.
The statement from Netanyahu's office said the vaccines donated by Israel were a surplus built up over the last month.
Israel informed countries that asked it for donations that the vaccines it had ordered were "intended for vaccinating its population and there is no expectation of a capacity to provide significant [foreign] assistance, at least before the vaccination campaign in Israel ends," the statement said.
Netanyahu, however, reportedly showed little hesitation in agreeing to pay Russia some $1.2 million to buy vaccines for archenemy Syria as part of a recent deal to release an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus.
His office made no mention of any vaccines as it lauded the deal and reportedly pushed IDF censor to block coverage of the vaccine purchases.
Asked about the reported deal, Netanyahu was evasive. He said "not one Israeli vaccine" was delivered to Syria — a country that harbors hostile Iranian forces. But he would not say whether Israel had paid Russia for the vaccines.
The Associated Press contributed to this report