Israel’s campaign to vaccinate people against the COVID-19 is in full swing and is being praised, but it has not included Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Israel has imported a vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and the German company BioNtech and it has been distributed to the corners of the country. So far, eight million Israelis (or the total population). To 10%) has been vaccinated.
Israel’s vaccination campaign includes Jewish settlers in remote areas of West Jordan, but about 2.7 million Palestinians living in the area have not been included and will not be vaccinated under Israeli administration.
One reason is that Jewish settlers are citizens of the state of Israel but not Palestinians. Israel wants to vaccinate 25 percent of its 9 million population by the end of this month, while the financially strapped Palestinian Authority is seeking vaccinations. We will have to wait for more.
The Palestinian Authority expects the vaccine to be provided under a World Health Organization (WHO) partnership program. WHO ‘Kovex’ helps 20% of the world’s poor in the world’s poorest countries through such humanitarian organizations. The 19-year-old vaccine is being provided free of charge. Some of these poor countries have been badly affected by the coronavirus.
Palestinians are deprived of basic amenities, not only do they have the resources to buy the Pfizer vaccine, but they also do not have a large cold storage facility. Only one in the Palestinian city of Jericho (Jericho). There is a refrigeration unit where they can store vaccines.
Ali Abed Rabbo, a senior official at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said last month that about 20 percent of the population would be vaccinated with COVAX which is the global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines.
He said that medical workers will be vaccinated first and then the rest of the population, but it will depend on the purchase of the vaccine by the Palestinian Authority. We have talked to various companies before that.
Physicians for Human Rights, an activist group working to provide equal access to health care for all in Israel, say that as an occupying power, it is the responsibility of the Zionist state to purchase and distribute vaccines to Palestinians,
Israeli officials said on Sunday that about 2 million people would be given two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of January. Israel launched a campaign to vaccinate civilians against Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine on December 19. On the same day, Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also vaccinated.
There should be an interval of at least two weeks between the first and second doses of the vaccine, and both doses can be given in three weeks. Israeli officials say the pace of vaccination against the coronavirus is now being slowed so that they have a new shipment. There should be plenty of vaccines available for the second dose before arrival.