Palestine quits Pfizer vaccine exchange deal with Israel citing specifications issue

Palestine on Friday announced that it quitted an agreement reached with Israel and Pfizer company on exchanging anti-coronavirus vaccines with Israel.

Spokesman of the Palestinian government Ibrahim Milhem said in a press statement that Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye instructed Health Minister Mai al-Kaila to inform both Israel and Pfizer that the agreement is cancelled.

The vaccines Palestine received earlier in the day from the Israeli side will also be sent back, the spokesman added.

In a separate press statement, al-Kaila explained that the health ministry’s specialists had found out that the vaccines received earlier from Israel didn’t match the specifications.

“So we decided to send back all the vaccines we received earlier today from the Israeli side,” she said.