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The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, reported this Tuesday on his Twitter account that the Government of Israel will donate 5,000 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 to this Central American country.
According to a statement issued by the presidential house, the vaccines from the Moderna pharmaceutical company donated by Israel would arrive in Honduras on Thursday, February 25 and, according to the government, the first to be immunized will be the health personnel who are on the front line of care of patients suffering from the disease.
In addition to the donation of vaccines, "Israel will kindly advise us for the effective application of the vaccine when the ones we are buying from various laboratories begin to arrive," said the president of Honduras.
Honduras strengthens ties with Israel
The Hernández government has strengthened ties with Israel after announcing in 2018 that it was moving its diplomatic headquarters from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Although Jerusalem is the acting capital of Israel, most countries in the world do not recognize the city as such, as the Palestinians claim the eastern part of it as a future capital for their state.
Honduras is the third country to move its embassy to that sector, after the United States and Guatemala.
The Honduran government depended exclusively on the donations of vaccines it would receive through the United Nations' Covax mechanism.
But this exclusivity agreement was repealed last Sunday, February 21, so now the government will be able to buy the vaccines against covid-19 from the manufacturing laboratories or the companies that provide them under the supervision of the Superior Court of Accounts and by the Advisory Council on Immunizations.
To which the president of the Medical College of Honduras (CMH), Suyapa Figueroa, opposes, because in statements to CNN she assured that in that law "a ceiling is not determined for the cost of vaccines."