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    Netanyahu criticized for the way he shared vaccines

    Israel’s attorney general warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that he cannot single-handedly share the country’s surplus coronavirus vaccines with allies in Africa, Europe and Latin America, and that he cannot be alone in making such an important decision.

    In an official letter, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit argues that Netanyahu should have consulted the cabinet on such a plan. The Justice Ministry made the letter, addressed to national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat, public on Monday.

    Netanyahu’s announcement last week of his decision to share part of Israel’s vaccine stockpile caused an uproar, so the move was put on hold, due to legal issues in Israel, but not before thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccines were shipped to Honduras and reportedly also to the Czech Republic.

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    Netanyahu has not identified the countries where he intended the Israeli surplus vaccines to be received, but an Israeli television station said they included several nations that have supported Israel’s claims to declare the city of Jerusalem as its capital.

    Since late December, Israel has immunized more than half its population against the coronavirus in one of the world’s most successful vaccination campaigns. Netanyahu considers the country’s vaccination success a personal achievement as part of his campaign ahead of the upcoming March 23 elections.

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    The prime minister secured deals with manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure sufficient supplies for Israel’s 9.3 million people, but his controversial plan raised questions at home about Netanyahu’s decision-making, as well as his choice to help nations in Africa and Latin America at a time of global shortages and when neighboring Palestinian territories are struggling to secure their own vaccine supplies.

    Critics say Netanyahu’s plan illustrates how the prime minister treats the coronavirus vaccine as an asset that can be used for diplomatic gain.

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    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit is Journalist of the Awutar. He had completed his graduation in Journalism and Communication, Pakistan. He is passionate about News, Blogging & Research Writing. You can contact him via: [email protected]


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