Israel faces legal – and practical – obligations for including Palestinians in vaccine success

Palestinian patients infected with COVID-19 registering at an emergency unit in the West Bank city of Ramallah. AP Photo/Nasser Nasser As nations scramble to vaccinate populations against COVID-19, one country has been ahead of the rest: Israel. By late January, Israel had vaccinated more than 30% of its population – more than double or triple the rate of other high-income states like the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany. The vaccination program has been so successful, Israel is now opening it to 16- to 18-year-olds. In contrast, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have seen very fe…

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