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‘Expiry date too close’: Palestinian Authority scraps deal for Israel to swap 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses
Doses of Pfizers Covid vaccine pledged by Israel were already too close to their expiration date when deliveries started on Friday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) said, cancelling the deal to exchange 1 million shots.
Earlier the two had agreed that Israel would swiftly transfer its short-dated doses of the jab to Palestine so that it could speed up its lagging vaccination drive. In exchange, the Jewish state was to receive the fresh ampules of the vaccine that Pfizer had been scheduled to deliver to the PA in autumn.
But when the first shipment of 90,000 doses arrived in Palestine late on Friday, it turned out that they “didn’t conform to the technical specifications as previously agreed upon, and that their expiry date was too close,’’ said Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila.
After this information was relayed to Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, “a decision was made to cancel the deal,” Alkaila told a press-conference in Ramallah.
Instead, the PA will continue to exert pressure on Pfizer to supply the 4 million doses of the jab that Palestine already paid for as soon as possible, according to the minister.