Source: MoH Gaza
While the rate of infection is flattening in Israel, the West Bank is in crisis mode and Gaza rates continue to spike. Palestinians in the oPt have received 192,000 doses of vaccine for over 5 million people. Israeli society is opening up, using a Green Pass system to identify the vaccinated, and the oPt is locking down. Over the last week, Gaza experienced an 86% jump in new COVID-19 cases and a 44% increase in ICU patients. The hospitals in the oPt are facing dramatic shortages in basic and emergency needs.
Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April. On this day in 1948, the First World Health Assembly was held, during which the World Health Organization (WHO) was formally founded. Since its inception, this annual celebration has aimed at raising awareness of a specific health issue or theme. For 2021, the theme is “Building a fairer, healthier world.”
Over the past year, the entire world has been engulfed by a global pandemic that has affected each and every community. But in the virus’s spread and in the world’s response, stark inequities have come to light. Indeed, one of the many outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to make ever more evident that ours is an unequal world, not least in terms of health.
Al Mezan reiterates its calls on the international community to take prompt action to ensure that Israel upholds its legal obligations by promoting and protecting the right to equality and the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health for the Palestinian population under its control. Al Mezan also calls on all humanitarian and aid organizations to continue their efforts to strengthen the resilience of the Palestinian health system and create conditions that are conducive to good health.
Read the press release on mezan.org/en/post/23956
Data source MoH Gaza, up to April 4, 2021
Note: the decline of cases in late February occurred when a lock down was reinstated and the following increase was detected about 10 days after the block was released. new nighttime curfews are taking effect beginning this Saturday 27.
Vaccines that are arrived in Palestine
• 60,000 doses of Sputnik V from the UAE to Gaza
• 10,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia to the West Bank
• 2,000 doses of Moderna from Israel to the West Bank
• 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca from COVAX to the West Bank
• 9,600 doses of AstraZeneca from COVAX to Gaza
• 25,740 doses of Pfizer from COVAX to the West Bank
• 11,700 doses of Pfizer from COVAX to Gaza
• 120,000 Palestinians with permits to work in Israel were vaccinated by Israel with the Moderna vaccine since the beginning of the month
“Free and Equitable access and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in oPt”: a joint letter by Oxfam, NRC, Action Aid, MAP, Save the Children, Feb 18
On February 15 2.000 Sputnik vaccines were sent by the Palestian Authority, followed on the 19 by aboutt 20.000 donated by United Arab Emirates. Vaccinations have started immediately from fragile people, medical-paramedical personnel. Closures have been released.