Palestinian Authority Expects to Receive 4 Million Doses of Russian Covid-19 Vaccine; Gaza Faces Lockdown as Covid-19 Cases Rise

The Palestinian authority is expecting receipt of four million doses of a Russian coronavirus vaccine. According to PA senior health official, Osama al-Najjar, delivery is expected within the next few weeks. “Four million doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine are expected to arrive soon…by the end of the year or the start of 2021, we will begin to inoculate those most at risk [for the coronavirus],” al-Najjar said. He made the statement to Voice of Palestine Radio. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… In the Gaza Strip coronavirus cases are skyrocketing, leading Hamas officials to plan a new lockdown for the area. As of December 2, more than 22,000 cases had been reported in Gaza. Dr. Basem Naim, a senior Hamas official, said, “The capacity of the health facilities is exhausted because of the long-standing Israeli siege and because of the inability to cope with the increasing number of positive cases.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…