16 FEBRUARY 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  My question is about Gaza and the… COVID‑19 is really reaching high levels, and Gaza is now under real threat of this pandemic.  And Israel is preventing vaccine to reach Gaza.  A member of the human rights organization criticized Israeli decision not to allow vaccines to reach Gaza.  Do you have any comment on that?

Spokesman:  Look, I will try to get an update on the vaccine situation in Gaza.  We… the UN have been working with the Palestinian Authorities to help them access the COVAX facility.  We’ve continued to encourage Israel to help address the priority needs of the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  So, I will try to get an update for you on that.

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