Alleged 9/11 terror attack mastermind and detainees to start receiving Covid jab
The accused mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attack is set to received the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Pentagon.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be in line to receive the jab as early as next week, said sources on Friday.
In a letter submitted by Prosecutor Clayton Trivett Jr, the lawyer leading the case against the terrorists accused of the attack, it reads: "[A]n official in the Pentagon has just signed a memo approving the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to the detainee population Guantánamo."
The vaccine will be given on a voluntary basis and will be given according to a priority plan set by the department.
This means detainees will need to consent before they are given the shot, reports the New York Post.
However, the move has caused backlash as New York is currently suffering from a severe shortage of vaccines.
Tom Von Essen, who was city Fire Commissioner during 9/11 said: "You can’t make this up. The ridiculousness of what we get from our government.
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"They will run the vaccine down to those lowlifes at Guantanamo Bay before every resident of the United States of America gets it is the theatre of the absurd."
Currently only 26 million people have been vaccinated in the US out of a population of around 329 million.
It is believed the vaccination programme is expected to help resume legal proceedings that have been on halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as US President Joe Biden's administration recently warned vaccine shortages could last into 2021.
“It is inexcusable and un-American that President Biden is choosing to prioritize convicted terrorists in Gitmo over vulnerable American seniors or veterans,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
On September 11, 2001, a series of terrorist attacks were carried out against the US.
Around 2,977 people died and 25,000 were injured marking a devastating moment in history.
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