Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers

The Guardian
January 3, 2021

Human rights groups accuse Israel of dodging obligations to millions in occupied territories who may wait months for vaccination

Israel is celebrating an impressive, record-setting vaccination drive, having given initial jabs of coronavirus shots to more than a 10th of the population. But Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza can only watch and wait.

As the world ramps up what is already on track to become a highly unequal vaccination push – with people in richer nations first to be inoculated – the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories provides a stark example of the divide.

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