Jerusalem24 – Israeli news sites reported that the Palestinian Authority has informed Israel that the shipment of Russian vaccine will not arrive today in the West Bank due to technical problems related to its transportation from Russia to Jordan.
The Palestinian Authority was supposed to receive the first shipment of the Russian vaccine against Corona today (Tuesday), but it was postponed and it is still not clear when it will arrive.
The shipment, containing 5,000 doses of the “Sputnik” vaccine, was scheduled to pass to the West Bank via the Karama Bridge.
Last month, the Palestinian Health Ministry said that the Authority is expected to receive about four million doses of the Russian vaccine.
In the same context, reports mentioned the progress of communications between the Authority and the British company, AstraZenka, in terms of supplying its vaccines, early next month.
The Palestinian ambassador in Moscow explains to the agency together the quantities and dates of arrival of the Russian vaccine
The Palestinian ambassador to Russia, Dr.Abdul Hafeez Nofal, said to Ma’an Agency, that a technical problem in the shipping and transportation process prevented the arrival of five thousand doses of Russian vaccine to Ramallah today. As this obstacle is being overcome, so that the first batch can arrive in Ramallah before next Friday.
For his part, Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh, said today: “We have agreed with Russia to start sending the vaccine, and we are waiting for it to arrive in Ramallah as soon as possible.”
The Russian grant consists of five thousand doses for the Palestinian people in the occupied lands (each vaccination consists of two doses, 21 days apart).
Ambassador Nofal added: Palestine has purchased another 100,000 doses, and Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh signed the necessary documents for the agreement, but Russia will not be able to deliver the second batch (100,000 vaccinations) immediately, it might take about two weeks, maybe before mid-February.
About the price of the dose, the Palestinian government will pay 18 dollars for each. And that there is a demand from many countries of the world for the Russian vaccine, and that Russian factories need time to meet the foreign needs of the vaccine.
In response to what was reported in the Hebrew press on this issue, the Russian vaccine may arrive in Ramallah through the Lod airport and not through the Jordan Bridge.