Palestinian Authority Orders 4.5 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

It was not clear when the shipments of the Pfizer and Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines would begin arriving, but Palestinian health minister says they were likely to come in the near future

DPA
DPA
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Health workers at a vaccination drive in the West Bank in March.
Health workers at a vaccination drive in the West Bank in March.Credit: Raneen Sawafta / Reuters
DPA
DPA

The Palestinian Authority has ordered a total of 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, Health Minister Mai al-Kaileh said on Tuesday.

It was not clear when the shipments would begin arriving, the minister told Palestinian radio, but she said they were likely to come in the near future.

The total cost was 27 million dollars.

Tens of thousands of vaccine doses have already arrived in the Palestinian territories, mainly through the World Health Organization-backed COVAX programme. The United Arab Emirates has also sent thousands of doses.

Israel, meanwhile, has given doses to more than 100,000 Palestinians who have work permits there.

Coronavirus infections in the Palestinian territories have increased sharply and hospitals are hitting capacity.

About 4 million people live in the West Bank and about 2.3 million in the Gaza Strip. In the coastal strip, people often live in confined and miserable conditions and with poor medical care.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

NOW: 40% OFF
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

הקלטות מעוז

Jewish Law Above All: Recordings Reveal Far-right MK's Plan to Turn Israel Into Theocracy

איתמר בן גביר

Why I’m Turning My Back on My Jewish Identity

Travelers looking at the Departures board at Ben Gurion Airport. The number of olim who later become yordim is unknown.

Down and Out: Why These New Immigrants Ended Up Leaving Israel

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco as Mia and Lucia in "The White Lotus."

The Reality Behind ‘The White Lotus’ Sex Work Fantasy

The Mossad hit team in Dubai. Exposed by dozens of security cameras

This ‘Dystopian’ Cyber Firm Could Have Saved Mossad Assassins From Exposure

מליאת הכנסת 28.12.22

Comeback Kid: How Netanyahu Took Back Power After 18 Months in Exile