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The Palestinian Authority (PA) broke off an agreement to accept over 1 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Israel Friday. “The new Israeli government, which was sworn in on Sunday, said it would transfer Pfizer vaccines that are close to expiring, and that the Palestinian Authority would reimburse it with a similar number of vaccines when it receives them from the pharmaceutical company in September or October,” the Associated Press reported. “Up to 1.4 million doses could be exchanged, the Israeli government said in a statement.” Three other countries have reportedly contacted the Israeli government to potentially get the vaccine doses rejected by the PA, according to Haaretz. The PA had already received the first shipment of 100,000 doses when it announced that it was rejecting the aid, according to The Times Of Israel. “It became clear to us they did not conform to the specifications contained in the agreement,” a spokesman for PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal. The PA cited the expiration date of the first shipment of vaccines, due to expire at the end of June, for rejecting all of the 1 million doses offered.

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