Israel to Donate 1 Million Coronavirus Vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX Program

A woman receives a fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Friday. (Tsafrir Abayov / Associated Press)“I am delighted that Israel can contribute and be a partner in eradicating the pandemic around the world,” said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The Israeli government on Wednesday has pledged to donate 1 million coronavirus vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX program.

The announcement said the vaccines would reach close to a quarter of African countries, though it did not provide a list. Israel has close ties with a number of African nations, including Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Israel also established relations with Sudan last year as part of a series of U.S.-brokered accords.

– Ella Breedlove