The Palestinian Authority has announced the return of corona vaccines sent from Israel

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Muhammad Eshtiya, announced this evening (Friday) that the vaccines sent to Corona that had been sent from Israel have been returned, claiming that they do not meet the standard and that there are some that may expire soon. As part of the agreement signed, about 100,000 vaccine doses were transferred to the Authority during the day.

A government spokesman, Ibrahim Melchem, claimed during a press conference that “after the technical staff at the Ministry of Health examined the first vaccine dose, it became clear that the doses did not meet the specifications specified in the agreement.” Therefore, he announced that the Prime Minister has ordered the Minister of Health to cancel the agreement with Israel and the vaccines received will be returned.

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Eshtiya (Photo: REUTERS / Mussa Qawasma)

Melchem ​​added that “the prime minister also refused to accept the vaccines that are about to expire,” adding that the authority will wait to receive the vaccines directly from Pfizer, from which the purchase was made.

Earlier, the PA’s Minister of Health, Dr. May al-Kaila, clarified that the agreement to transfer the vaccines, reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, had been made with Pfizer and that Israel had joined negotiations at a later stage. Placed by Israel as part of the exchange deal.

In her announcement, the Minister of Health claimed that the agreement was made with the vaccine company, and as part of it, she was paid for the four million doses of vaccine. According to her, after the PA agreed to the Pfizer proposal in principle, Israel joined the negotiations, and the portions that were transferred during the day through it were part of the same agreement with the American company.

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Al-Qaila added that during the negotiations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority refused two of the conditions set by Israel, Including that the agreement will not be signed in the name of the Palestinian state, and an additional condition, according to which vaccine doses will not be transferred to the Gaza Strip.

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