Palestinian Health Minister Mei Alqila said in a statement that Israel is ‘fully responsible’ for stopping the consignment of 2000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine purchased from Russia by the PA in the areas over which it has control.
The PA said it would share vaccines in Gaza, where the Islamic extremist Hamas has been in governance since 2007, and about 2 million Palestinians live and have not received any vaccine doses so far. According to officials, more than 53,000 people have been infected since the Kovid-19 pandemic in Gaza, while at least 537 people have died.
Israel and Egypt siege the area
Since Hamas came to power in Gaza, Israel and Egypt have laid siege to the area. Some Israeli lawmakers say that vaccine supplies should be allowed only if progress is made in the release of two Israeli civilians in captivity in Hamas and the return of the remains of two Israeli soldiers.
Israeli official said that Israel has received a request to supply 1000 doses of Sputnik vaccine in Gaza and it was being discussed till Monday night.