Palestinians Call Off Deal to Get 1 Million Vaccines from Israel

(New York Times) Patrick Kingsley - After Israel vaccinated 130,000 Palestinians who work in Israel, on Friday the Israeli government announced a deal to supply one million vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority. In return, the authority was to give Israel the same number of doses once its own supply arrived in the fall from Pfizer-BioNTech. But just hours later, the authority ripped up the agreement, after Israel had delivered 100,000 doses, claiming the vaccines were too close to their expiration date. An Israeli official said the initial batch of doses would expire in July, but that was enough time for Palestinian health workers to administer them. The official added that the authority had been aware of the vaccines' expiry date before agreeing to their delivery. Negotiations over the deal began in secret several months ago.

2021-06-21 00:00:00

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