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$1M grant from China to secure coronavirus vaccines, says Minister of Finance

RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 10, 2021 (WAFA) – Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara and Guo Wei, Head of the Office of the People's Republic of China to the State of Palestine, today signed an emergency grant of one million US dollars to purchase vaccines against the COVID-19.

Bishara said during the signing of the agreement, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, in the presence of the President's Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs, Majdi Al-Khalidi, that this amount was transferred to the government’s treasury.

He explained that this amount will be added to the backup account that was established since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, especially for the purchase of vaccines from the sources specified by the Ministry of Health, stating that it is expected for this amount to secure about 100,000 additional doses of vaccines for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Bishara indicated that, through this backup account, Palestine seeks to secure all financial resources to confront the pandemic and to address any financial shortage for this purpose.

For his part, the Chinese ambassador reviewed his country's role in standing by Palestine in the ceasefire agreement during the recent Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip.

He praised the Chinese government’s success to send a message to the world that the international community opposes Israel's attempts and actions that violate international law and international terms of reference.


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