UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines

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Publish Date: 9:36 - 27 January 2021
Wednesday, 27 January 2021_The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to help ensure Palestinians will receive COVID-19 vaccinations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines"The UN continues to encourage Israel to help address the priority needs of Palestinians... and to support Covid-19 vaccine availability more generally," UN's new peace coordinator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, said during a video call with Security Council ministers on Tuesday.

"It is important that the same level of engagement and cooperation be sustained with regard to the delivery of vaccines," Wennesland added.

Stressing that the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the occupied Palestinian territories, the UN official said the cost of lives and livelihoods there remain high, particularly in the Gaza Strip.  

Israel has injected more than 2.5 million people in the occupied territories with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tel Aviv had declined to provide any vaccines to the Palestinians.

So far, over 156,000 Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1,800 have lost their lives.

Moreover, Palestinian officials have on several occasions expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health conditions of prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Israeli prisons. 

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