The decision was taken on the recommendation of Defense Minister Beny Gantz and Kamil Abu Rukún, coordinator of COGAT, the Israeli military body for coordinating activities in the Palestinian territories.
The 5,000 doses of vaccine, some of which could be sent to the Gaza Strip, would be sufficient to inoculate 2,500 Palestinian health workers, according to Efe.
The distribution of vaccines by Israel will start at the beginning of next week and, according to local media, are from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTec, the same vaccine that is being administered to the Israeli population.
The decision comes a few days after ANP Foreign Minister Riad al Malki insisted on Israel’s responsibility as an “occupying power” to provide Palestinians with vaccines, something that has also been claimed by several local and non-governmental organizations. international standards.
Al Malki’s request came during a speech before the United Nations Security Council, in which the new UN envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, asked Israel to “contribute to the availability of vaccines against covid-19 ″ in the territories Palestinians, something that, he said, is in accordance with their obligations, in accordance with international law.
So far, no direct and official requests from the ANP to Israel have been made known to Israel for the sending of vaccines and even Palestinian sources have denied information that indicated that the Israeli authorities had already sent a first shipment with a few hundred doses for humanitarian cases. .
On the other hand, in recent weeks the Palestinian authorities have continued negotiations with several pharmaceutical companies to send vaccines and, according to the press, it is expected that in the coming days or weeks they will receive the first doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
In addition, the ANP will also receive free vaccines through the COVAX mechanism of the World Health Organization, although the date and quantity have not yet been defined.
Meanwhile, Israel, with a population of nine million, has already vaccinated almost three million people, of which more than half with the two doses, on its way to becoming the first country to obtain collective immunity.