Palestinians left waiting for vaccine

Vaccination will include Israelis living in the Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank, and would exclude over five million Palestinians living under Israeli rule.

By Yara Younes

“Currently, 32% of essential medicines and 62% of laboratory drugs are not available in Gaza,” said Euro-Med Monitor.

The Pfizer serum needs to be shipped and stored at a minus-94 degrees, a cold chain unavailable in Gaza, where electricity is available only six to eight hours a day.

“Israel bears moral and humanitarian responsibility for vaccinating the Palestinian population under its control,” said Physicians for Human Rights in an appeal to Israeli leaders.

The PA hopes to get the vaccine through a World Health Organization partnership with a humanitarian organization known as COVAX, which aims to provide vaccines for up to 20 percent of the population of poor countries.