Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank
Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank
Photo: AFP
Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank

Palestinians get Chinese-donated COVID-19 vaccines

Some 100,000 Sinopharm jabs join shipments from WHO, Russia and Israel, with latter vaccinating an estimated 100,000 Palestinians working in the country; more than 69,000 Palestinians receive 1st dose, and around 7,600 have had both shots

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Published: 03.29.21 , 19:23
Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill.
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  • Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided by Israel, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the global COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative.
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    Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank
    Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank
    Staff members of the Palestinian Ministry of Health unload a shipment of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank
    (Photo: AFP)
    So far, more than 69,000 Palestinians have received their first dose of the vaccine, and around 7,600 people have had both shots, according to a health ministry statement.
    Israel has come under international criticism for not doing more to enable Palestinians living in areas under its control to be inoculated, while its national vaccination drive has been one of the fastest and most efficient in the world.
    It says it has vaccinated more than 100,000 Palestinian workers with permits to enter the country or its settlements in the West Bank but that the Palestinian Authority bears overall responsibility for inoculations in self-rule areas in accordance with Oslo Accords.
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    A Palestinian worker receives his coronavirus vaccine from Israel earlier this week
    A Palestinian worker receives his coronavirus vaccine from Israel earlier this week
    A Palestinian worker receives his coronavirus vaccine from Israel
    (Photo: AP)
    After the arrival of the Chinese shipment, Palestinian Health minister Mai Al-Kaila said in the West Bank city of Ramallah that recent restrictions such as curfews and weekend lockdowns had helped to relieve pressure on crowded hospitals.
    "We will continue (vaccinating) our medical staff in the clinics for the public sector and the private sector, dentists and pharmacists, (and) for other categories that have immediate contact with the population," Kaila told Reuters.
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to cover 20% of Palestinians through the COVAX mechanism. PA officials hope to procure additional vaccines to achieve 60% coverage across the West Bank and in Gaza, which is run by the Hamas Islamist group.
    Health officials have reported 227,808 coronavirus cases and 2,511 deaths since the pandemic began.
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