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Israel bars entry of COVID-19 vaccines to Gaza Strip

Authorities ban 2,000 doses from entering Gaza, says Palestinian health minister

Salam Abu Sharar   | 16.02.2021
Israel bars entry of COVID-19 vaccines to Gaza Strip Health officials afffiliated to Palestinian Health Ministry, Rahaf, Gaza, on January 11, 2021. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )

RAMALLAH 

Israel has barred the entry of 2,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine sent by the Health Ministry to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila confirmed Monday. 

Alkaila said the ministry holds the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for this arbitrary action which goes against all laws and international agreements.

She noted that the ministry sent 2,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to the Gaza Strip, but the occupation banned their entry.

She said the doses were intended for medical staff in Gaza working in intensive care units (ICUs) designated for COVID-19 patients and those working in emergency departments.

Alkaila emphasized that the ministry is still working with international organizations to pressure Israel to allow the entry of the vaccines into Gaza as soon as possible.

Palestine has reported 168,444 COVID-19 cases and 1,936 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic last March.

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