Israel Criticized for Trying to Swap Expiring Covid-19 Vaccines with Palestine

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has canceled a swap deal with Israel after finding out that the COVID vaccines were due to expire within the next two weeks.

The Prime Minister called off the arrangement last Saturday for a vaccine swap deal where Israel would send up to 1.4 million doses of Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) vaccines in exchange for the same number later this year from the PA.

The PA’s Health Minister Mai Alkaila said that the June expiration date is sooner than the agreed-upon July-August date.

“They told us the expiration date was in July or August, which would allow lots of time for use. “But it turned out to be in June. That’s not enough time to use them, so we rejected them,” said Alkaila to reporters on Friday night.

The Israeli health ministry released a statement saying the vaccine delivery was perfectly in order and agreed to by both parties.

“The vaccines delivered to the Palestinians are identical in every way to the vaccines currently being administered to Israel’s citizens,” said the statement.

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