The Palestinian government spokesman said the first batch of vaccines received “did not meet the expected specifications.”
Coronavirus vaccines transferred to Palestinians are “Fully valid”, assured Saturday the Israeli Ministry of Health, after the Palestinian Authority canceled the agreement relating to these doses, expired according to it. In a statement, the ministry assured that the Palestinian health authorities had “Received Pfizer vaccines which were valid, with known expiration dates, accepted and which corresponded to the agreement between the two parties”.
The Israeli government announced on Friday that approximately “one million doses of Pfizer vaccines about to expire “ would be delivered to the Palestinian Authority as part of an agreement. Under the agreement, the Jewish state was to receive in return the same amount of doses that were originally to be delivered to the Palestinians in the fall by the US laboratory.
But soon after, Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said the first batch of some 90,000 vaccines received “did not comply with the characteristics provided for in the agreement ‘. And “Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has thus ordered the Minister of Health to cancel the agreement, ”he added, without specifying the expiry date of the vaccines.
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The Palestinian government is now waiting for the Pfizer laboratory to deliver the vaccines scheduled for next September or October directly. Thanks to a vast vaccination campaign, launched at the end of December after an agreement with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Israel has vaccinated around 55% of the population, or more than 5.1 million people, with two doses of the vaccine.
On the Palestinian side, only some 270,000 people received their two doses, according to the Palestinian health ministry. More than 2.8 million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank and two million in the Gaza Strip.
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The players of the Algerian national team expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people, after the military operations carried out by the occupation army in the Gaza Strip recently.
“The Greens” carried on their necks scarfs in the colors of the Algerian and Palestinian flags before the start of the friendly match that is currently bringing them together with their guest, the Mauritanian national team, at the “Mustafa Chaker” stadium in the Algerian city of Blida.
Many of the Algerian national team players, most notably Riyad Mahrez, the English star of Manchester City, and Ismael Bennacer, AC Milan player, have previously expressed their solidarity with the Palestinians after the repeated attacks they were subjected to.
On the other hand, the names of the Algerian national team players (the African champions) were written on their shirts in Arabic in an unprecedented situation.
It is noteworthy that the Algerian national team will face its guest, Mali, next Sunday, and then its host, Tunisia, on June 11, in a friendly.
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The special board of the Ministry of Emergency Situations with 64 Russian citizens evacuated from the Gaza Strip flew from Cairo to Moscow. This was reported on Facebook by the Russian Embassy in Egypt.
The diplomatic mission indicated that on May 26, a group of 64 Russians was taken out across the Palestinian-Egyptian border.
“The evacuees were delivered to the Cairo International Airport, where the plane of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia arrived for them. On the night of May 27, he flew to Moscow, ”the message says.
The embassy thanked the Egyptian authorities “for the responsive attitude to the appeal regarding the organization of the export of Russian citizens through Egyptian territory” and all-round assistance.
The evacuation of Russians from the Gaza Strip began