More than a million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine held in Israel that are due to expire in late July could be thrown away after failed attempts to negotiate an exchange deal with the UK.
Israel is said to have offered the vaccines to Britain in exchange for a similar number of vaccines the UK is due to receive from Pfizer in September. Health officials are rushing to vaccinate as many of its adult population as possible before Covid restrictions are lifted in England later this month.
Israel’s Channel 12 on Thursday said talks on a vaccine swap between the UK and Israel were at an advanced stage. But Israeli officials later said technical issues thwarted the deal.
“There have been discussions between Israel and the UK regarding the possibility of transmitting vaccines, but unfortunately, despite the will of both parties, for technical reasons this did not work out,” said a spokesperson. word of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is understood that the UK does not intend to trade vaccine supplies with other countries.