RAMALLAH, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Palestine will receive the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines by mid-February, a senior Palestinian health official in the West Bank said Wednesday.
Wissam Sbeihat, official in charge of the COVID-19 file in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that when the vaccines arrive in Palestine, "the vaccination process will start immediately."
Sbeihat didn't reveal how many doses Palestine will receive, or the names of vaccine providers.
He noted there has been a significant decrease in the numbers of daily new fatalities and infections in the Palestinian territories in recent days.
The official also mentioned that the health ministry took 200 samples from the northern West Bank district of Jenin to test for the new COVID-19 strain, "we are waiting for the results."
On Jan. 21, the ministry announced that it recorded the first 17 cases of new COVID-19 strain in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila said on Wednesday that five fatalities and 603 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the Palestinian territories.
"The ministry has recorded 176,679 confirmed cases, including 1,982 deaths and 165,677 recoveries," she added.