100K inoculated against COVID-19 in Kurdistan Region: minister
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health Saman Barznji (R) speaks at a news conference alongside representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Iraq Ahmed Zouiten in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 24,2021. Photo by INA
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health Saman Barznji said on Monday (May 24) those administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines have reached 100,000 people.
Barnzji’s statement came after he met with representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Iraq Ahmed Zouiten as new patch of Pfizer vaccine doses arrived in the Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil from Baghdad.
"The Federal Ministry of Health [and Environment] continues to send vaccine packs against coronavirus, and that a new one has arrived today,” he said
at a press conference.
The Iraqi health ministry has sent 163,300 shots of Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines so far, the KRG minister said, reported by Iraqi News Agency (INA), noting nearly 100,000 people have been inoculated in the Kurdistan Region.
Barznji also said that whoever was vaccinated will be granted with an international passport electronic identity) with a QR code that is used internationally at all airports and competent authorities.
He also called for the people to register in the ministry’s online portal to apply for administering the available vaccine does.
Iraq received half a million vaccine doses before May 13 through COVAX, Zouiten said.
COVAX is an initiative by the WHO and others to ensure equitable access to COVID vaccinations globally was a relief for a war-torn country whose health system and financial resources have been severely strained.
On Monday, the KRG health ministry logged 593 new coronavirus cases, eight deaths, and 803 recoveries in the past 24 hours.There have been 166,051 officially logged cases since the outset of the pandemic in March 2020. Out of that, 150,641 have recovered and 4,229 have died.