Israel plans to transfer some 1.2 million Pfizer vaccines to the Palestinians in the coming days to help them with their floundering coronavirus vaccination campaign, the Haaretz news site reported on Thursday, APA reports citing TimesofIsrael.
The move was decided during a meeting Thursday between new Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and senior Health Ministry officials and comes after Israel faced months of intense criticism from rights groups and medical professionals for failing to assist the Palestinians.
The report said that the decision to supply the vaccines had been taken by the previous government under Benjamin Netanyahu, but there had been no follow through on the decision.
The report said the vaccines would be in the form of “a loan,” with Israel to give Ramallah doses from its stockpile of Pfizer vaccines, with the expectation that they would be replenished with doses that the Palestinians have on order.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was expected to make a formal announcement in the coming days, with the transfer happening in