Rights group accuses Palestinian Authority of vaccine corruption

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Mar 3, 2021

A Palestinian human rights group has accused the Palestinian Authority of giving COVID-19 vaccine doses to their family and friends as an alternative of frontline employees and people in most want.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights wrote to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Wednesday. In the letter, the Ramallah-based human rights group alleged that Palestinian authorities have been administering the vaccines based mostly on private relationships versus medical causes.

The fee mentioned it had “documented cases where the vaccine was administered based on mediation and personal relationships, without a justified medical priority,” saying it had “monitored cases of officials assisting their relatives in obtaining the vaccine, without any medical justifications that would give them this priority.”

The group requested the prime minister to publish a “regularly updated plan to tell citizens about the vaccine distribution mechanism and outlining the current prioritizing criteria” so folks can know who shall be vaccinated and when. Sick folks, the aged and well being employees needs to be given first precedence, the fee mentioned.

The Palestinian Authority started vaccinating folks within the West Bank in early February after receiving 5,000 vaccine doses from Israel. The authority additionally acquired 10,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine final month. This cargo was flown to Israel after which transported to the West Bank, however was in any other case obtained independently of Israel.

When Israel handed over vaccine doses to the authority, Palestinian officers mentioned they’d first go to well being employees.

Israel, which has the quickest vaccine rollout on this planet, has acquired important criticism internationally for the comparatively gradual vaccination course of within the Palestinian territories. The letter from the Independent Commission for Human Rights is an instance of the Palestinian Authority likewise receiving scrutiny for the vaccine marketing campaign in Palestine. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported 2,017 new coronavirus circumstances Wednesday.