UNRWA Investigation, Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccine in oPt – 4 March 2021 Daily Press Briefing – (Excerpts)

4 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:  Thank you, Stéphane.  And I apologize for not putting the video.  I have two questions.  First, Stéphane, as a follow‑up to my question yesterday, I ask bluntly if the UN will apologize to Mr. [Pierre] Krähenbühl.  He has been falsely and politically targeted for misconduct, and he was found innocent.  And he is asking for a clear‑cut apology from the UN so that, to clear his name, he would be maybe available for future posts in the UN.  That’s one thing.  And my second question… yes, please.  My second question about the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is regarding the COVID‑19.  The Authority declared one-month emergency.  The situation is going out of hand.  The situation… the availability of vaccine is very dire, yet Israel today announced selling vaccine to Denmark and another country in northern Europe.  I forgot the name of the second country.  Is that fair treatment of the people under occupation?

Spokesman:  We are working with our Palestinian partners in an effort to help with the vaccine availability and distribution through COVAX and other means.  We’ve also been in contact with the Israeli authorities in the manner of which I’ve already highlighted a number of times.  I think what is important is that there is global solidarity across the board for access to the vaccine.  On your first question, I think Farhan [Haq] shared with you what we had to say, and we put it into the record yesterday, and I have nothing else to add on that.  Okay.  James, and then we’ll go to our guest, who’s been very patient.


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