Coronavirus vaccines meant for Palestinian medical workers have been administered to VIPs including ministers and the national football team, the country’s health ministry has admitted. The Palestinian Authority (PA), which runs parts of Gaza and the West Bank, confirmed details of the jab rollout after criticism from human rights and civil society groups, who urged an investigation. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world In a statement, the health ministry said 10% of the 12,000 doses it received were given to the football team, ministers, presidential guards, and members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s executive committee. Another 200 doses went to the Jordanian royal court, after a request from Amman. Advertisement But defending the programme, it said the other 90% went to health workers treating COVID-19 cases in intensive care units and emergency departments, and health ministry staff. Several Palestinian human rights and civil society groups had claimed the rollout was not transparent. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Explosion at coronavirus testing centre near Amsterdam appears intentional, police say COVID-19: Dolly Parton changes Jolene to vaccine as she gets coronavirus jab she helped fund COVID news – live UK updates: Coronavirus figures ‘better than anyone expected’ prompt call… Read full this story
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