Hamas launches COVID vaccinations in Gaza

SourceJordan Times
CountryMiddle east

GAZA, Palestinian Territories — A coronavirus vaccination campaign was launched in Gaza on  Monday using doses provided by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Arab Emirates, with health workers set to be inoculated first. The first jab in the Israeli-blockaded territory controlled by Hamas Islamists since 2007 was symbolically given to former Palestinian health minister Riyad Zaanoun at a clinic in Gaza City. "Priority is being given to medical staff working on the front line in the pandemic, then to sick elderly people", Medhat Muheisen, a Hamas health ministry official, told reporters. On Sunday, around 20,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Gaza through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, meaning they did not pass through Israel. That delivery was organised by Mohammed Dahlan, a former senior Palestinian Authority figure who broke with President Mahmoud Abbas and now lives in exile in Abu Dhabi. The PA, led by Abbas' Fateh movement, earlier this month delivered 2,000 doses Sputnik V doses to Gaza...read more...