Jewish Agency ‘Outraged’ by Israeli Minister’s Plan to Distribute COVID Vaccines to Holocaust Survivors Worldwide

Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich envisages using international corps of young Jewish volunteers to distribute the vaccines, blindsiding the Agency that co-owns the corps with the ministry

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A “diplomatically disastrous” initiative by Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to Holocaust survivors worldwide, using an international corps of young Jewish volunteers, has taken the Jewish Agency – one of the co-owners of the corps – utterly by surprise. 

“We were approached last night by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry regarding the minister’s idea to have Shalom Corps, a co-owned company of ours, explore the feasibility of such a vaccination program. We are currently examining the issue,” an Agency spokesperson told Haaretz on Tuesday.