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Israel trying to cancel order for AstraZeneca COVID vaccines

The Israeli government is trying to cancel its order for millions of doses of the Oxford – AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, amid concerns over the vaccine’s safety, Galei Tzahal reported Wednesday morning.

According to the report, over the past few days, Israel has been in contact with AstraZeneca, requesting a cancellation for its order of 10 million doses of the UK-developed COVID vaccine.

Thus far, however, AstraZeneca has refused to nix the entire order, but is considering a deal whereby the cancelled order would be sold to a third-party state.

In the meantime, the legal consequences of a cancellation of the entire order are being assessed.

On Monday, 72,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to the Palestinian Authority, via Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The doses were purchased for the PA by the World Health Organization.

Israel ordered ten million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in late November 2020, after initially declining to place a direct order and planning on simply receiving its allocation of doses from the World Health Organization.

Source: Arutz Sheva

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Monday received 72,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the international COVAX initiative, i24NEWS reported, citing a spokesperson for the World Health Organization.

The doses arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Saturday and were transferred to Shechem (Nablus) and Gaza on Monday, according to the WHO.

An Israeli Defense Ministry official confirmed the transfer.

About 43,200 vaccines have been handed over to the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria and 28,800 have been sent to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, according to the report.

So far, only about 3.44% of Palestinian Arabs have received a vaccine against the coronavirus.

The PA officially launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, after Israel transferred 2,000 doses of Moderna vaccines and said it had earmarked another 3,000 shots for Palestinian Arabs.

Despite getting thousands of doses from Israel as well as vaccines from Russia and as part of the COVAX initiative, the PA has been critical of Israel and has accused it of holding up the transfer of vaccines.

At the same time, the PA has acknowledged it provided COVID-19 vaccines to senior PA officials and to the Jordanian royal family.

Source: Arutz Sheva