Saturday, February 20, 2021

Israel agrees to vaccinate 100,000 labourers, say Palestinians

The Palestinian health ministry says the agreement came 'during a meeting which discussed the coronavirus pandemic', without saying when the vaccinations would take place.

Other News

Bitcoin market hits US$1 trillion in value

Bitcoin has set a blistering record pace, blasting past US$50,000 on Tuesday, a week after Tesla revealed it had invested US$1.5 billion in the unit.

Israel agrees to vaccinate 100,000 labourers, say Palestinians

The Palestinian health ministry says the agreement came 'during a meeting which discussed the coronavirus pandemic', without saying when the vaccinations would take place.

Menanti isyarat di Sarawak: Apabila penduduk cacat pendengaran pedalaman memerlukan rawatan perubatan

Kekurangan penterjemah bahasa isyarat di pusat kesihatan luar bandar merupakan satu masalah bagi mereka yang cacat pendengaran.

Waiting for a sign in Sarawak: When the rural deaf need medical care

Lack of sign language practitioners in remote health centres is a problem for the hearing impaired.

Penagih dadah hanya ke pusat pemulihan, tidak ke penjara dalam akta baru

Akta Penyalahgunaan Dadah dan Substan akan menggantikan Akta Penagih Dadah 1983.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Friday that Israel had agreed to vaccinate 100,000 Palestinian labourers working in the Jewish state, whose mass coronavirus inoculation campaign is regarded as the world’s fastest.

A statement from the Palestinian health ministry said the agreement came “during a meeting which discussed the coronavirus pandemic”, without saying when the vaccinations would take place.

The two sides also agreed on “technical cooperation” to combat the spread of the virus, the ministry added.

Neither the Israeli health ministry nor Cogat, the military unit that coordinates civil affairs with the Palestinians, would immediately confirm to AFP a vaccination a deal.

But Israel’s health ministry issued a statement saying a meeting took place in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, where the PA is based, with Palestinian counterparts to discuss the virus.

The meeting came “out of the understanding that Israel and the Palestinians live in one territorial unit”, noting that the spread of coronavirus in Palestinian territories could affect Israelis, without mentioning the vaccination deal.

Since December, Israel has delivered a shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to 4.25 million residents, around 47% of its nine million population, 2.88 million of whom have received the recommended full course of two jabs, latest health ministry figures show.

The PA is expecting some two million doses ordered from various manufacturers, in addition to vaccines from the UN-backed Covax programme, set up to help less wealthy nations procure vaccines.

It began vaccinating frontline healthcare workers earlier this month with an initial procurement of 10,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine as well as several thousand doses of the Moderna jabs via Israel.

Israel had closed its crossings to Palestinian day labourers at the beginning of the pandemic, forcing those who wished to continue working in Israel to stay in the Jewish state, where wages are higher.

As its morbidity rates were slowing dropping, Israel was in the process of relaxing its third general lockdown, with Cogat saying that as of Sunday, Palestinian day labourers would once again be allowed into Israel.

According to military radio, some 87,000 were expected to enter Israel to work on Sunday.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

New pandemic cases down by half since January

This is the sharpest and most prolonged decline since the start of the pandemic.

BioNTech/Pfizer say vaccine can stand warmer temperatures

The companies have asked the US FDA to allow for the vaccine to be stored for up to two weeks at -25 to -15 degrees Celsius instead of the -80 to minus -60 degrees Celsius under existing guidelines.

New cases stay under 3,000 as 13 more deaths reported

2,936 new cases, 4,889 recoveries.

Waitress fired for not getting Covid jab over pregnancy fears

She says she fully supports people being inoculated, but wants to wait for more research on the vaccine’s possible effects on fertility.

US life expectancy fell by a year as Covid-19 hit, data shows

Life expectancy at birth for the total US population is 77.8 years, declining by a year from 78.8 in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.