Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state said on Friday that it will delay plans to vaccinate Palestinians who work inside ‘Israel’ and the West Bank illegal settlements until further notice.
COGAT, the Israeli military agency coordinating day-to-day affairs with the Palestinian Authority, attributed the postponement to “administrative delays,” adding that a new start date for the campaign would be determined later.
COGAT had last week confirmed that the COVID vaccination drive had “been approved by the political echelon”.
The vaccination program was supposed to begin on Sunday at West Bank crossings into Israel and at Israeli industrial zones.
Even as it succeeded in launching one of the fastest vaccine roll-outs in the world, the occupation state has been denying Palestinians living under its occupation in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza from access to the vaccine.
‘Israel’ had also announced plans to share surplus vaccines with far-flung allies in Africa, Europe and Latin America, but the decision was frozen by legal questions.
On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu with leaders of Denmark and Austria said the three nations would join forces in the fight against COVID-19 with an investment in research and the roll-out of vaccines.
Some 100,000 Palestinian laborers from the West Bank work in the occupation state. The PA had acquired enough dose for only 6,000 of its people — meaning the vast majority of the estimated 7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will remain unvaccinated.