Iraq begins administering COVID-19 vaccines

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Mar 3, 2021

Iraq has begun administering vaccines towards COVID-19. The marketing campaign comes forward of Pope Francis’ go to and through a interval of comparatively excessive coronavirus instances.

The Ministry of Health began giving vaccine jabs within the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday, in keeping with a put up on its Facebook web page. Doses have arrived in a number of different provinces as properly, together with disputed Kirkuk within the north and Najaf within the south, in keeping with the ministry.

Iraq started its vaccine marketing campaign after receiving 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China on Monday night time, Reuters reported.

The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq obtained 5,000 doses of the cargo, Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani mentioned in a press release despatched to Al-Monitor.

The information precedes Pope Francis’ upcoming go to to Iraq. The head of the Catholic Church will probably be within the nation from March 5-8. Francis will go to Baghdad; the Kurdish capital, Erbil; the northern metropolis of Mosul and different cities. Iraq’s Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christian populations represent a few of the oldest Christian communities on this planet.

Health specialists informed The Associated Press final week that the pope’s go to may very well be dangerous as a result of Iraq’s weak well being care system, the excessive variety of coronavirus instances there and the probability that Iraqis will crowd to see him. The begin of the vaccine marketing campaign only a few days earlier than his go to is unlikely to have an effect on the virus-related dangers of the journey.

Like different international locations within the area, Iraq has skilled highs and lows in every day COVID-19 instances. The Ministry of Health registered 4,690 instances on Tuesday. The historic excessive was simply over 5,000 in the summertime.