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Occupied Territories: Coronavirus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL12160, tabled on 14 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the government of Israel, and (2) international partners in the World Health Organization (WHO), about making COVID-19 vaccines doses available in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before the arrival in March of WHO vaccine supplies.

Answered on

29 January 2021

The British Embassy in Tel Aviv and the British Consulate-General in Jerusalem are in regular contact with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities respectively. We will continue to raise access to safe COVID-19 vaccines.

The UK supports World Health Organisation (WHO) leadership on the COVAX Facility. The UK will continue to liaise with the WHO on timescales for vaccine delivery in the OPTs in our capacity as a major contributor to COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) and as a key international partner to the Palestinian Authority. We understand first vaccine deliveries are anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2021.