GAA KA CITY CITY, Gaza Strip (Gaza Strip) – The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip launched its coronavirus vaccine on Monday after the first vaccines arrived in a blockaded coastal area.
The former health ministers “vaccinated several medical workers in front of dozens of cameras with Russian Sputnik V clasps.” More health care providers հիվանդ Patients with chronic illnesses should start injections on Tuesday.
The vaccination movement “will lead to greater immunity among people and further curb the spread of the epidemic,” said Ashraf al-Qadra, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.
The area received just 22,000 doses of the vaccine, which is a fraction of what is needed to immunize the 2 million people in the area, including some 1.4 million people over the age of 18.
The lack of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, on the West Bank, contrasts sharply with Israel, which is rapidly preparing to immunize its near-adult population in the coming weeks. Already, about a third of Israel’s 9.3 million people have received two doses of the Pfizer / BionTech vaccine. The discrepancy has drawn attention to the global inequality in the distribution of vaccines between rich and poor countries.
UN officials, human rights groups, have expressed concern that Israel, as an occupying power, has a responsibility to help the Palestinians. Israel says the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority is responsible under the interim peace agreements. Israel has vaccinated its own Arab population.
The Palestinian Authority is fighting for vaccines, receiving only 2,000 doses from Israel for medical workers in the West Bank, and an additional 10,000 doses from Russia. It shipped 2,000 Russian vaccines to Gaza last week.
On Sunday, President Mahmoud Abbas’s rival sent a shipment of 20,000 Russian vaccines from the United Arab Emirates to Gaza, apparently intended to embarrass the Palestinian leader ahead of the May elections.
Gaza has been under Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized control of the area in 2007 from Abbas’s forces. Health ministry spokesman al-Qadra said he expected more vaccines to arrive in Gaza in the coming days.
Gaza health officials say և 543 deaths from more than 54,000 coronavirus infections.