Oslo Peace Accords, Availability and Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccine in oPt – 2 March 2021 Daily Press Briefing – (Excerpts)

2 MARCH 2021

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


Questions and Answers


Question:  Short and to the point.  There’s a…  does the UN…  does the Secretary‑General and the UN itself as an establishment consider the Oslo Accord still in effect?

Spokesman:  We consider in effect all relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.  A number of those also, if I’m not mistaken, mentioned the Oslo Accords.


Question:  I was just trying to follow up here.  I got cut off.  First of all, COVAX is indicating that they will be sending shortly vaccines to the Palestinian Authority.  I’d like to know whether they have been received and what the timetable is there to receive it.

And can the Secretary‑General affirm and continue to affirm that Israel has cooperated with the transfer of vaccines ordered directly by the Palestinian Authority, for example, from Russia into Gaza and into the West Bank?

Spokesman:  Yes, we…  thank you.  Sorry.  The…  you’ll have to check your audio, Joe, because it’s…  there’s somebody doing some secret vacuuming in your apartment.

Sorry.  To take it seriously, we have said and I’ve said here and we have said how much we have cor…  we have worked with the Palestinians on facilitating the transfer of medicine and technology to both Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian…  to the West Bank during COVID.  We’ve said it.  We also believe that there are obligations that Israel has under international law.  We will work with the Palestinian Authority in supporting their efforts to reach COVAX.


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