SULAIMANI – First batch of China’s COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinopharm set to arrive in the Kurdistan Region on Monday night (March 1), Saman Barzinji Health Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said.
The Kurdistan Region will receive 5,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese government, said KRG Health Minister during the opening ceremony of a hospital in Erbil.
Around 1,000 doses of the vaccine will be given to the Chinese people living in the Kurdistan Region as requested by the Chinese Ambassador, he added. The remaining doses will be given to the Kurdistan Region’s health employees.
The Sinopharm vaccine requires two doses. Around 2,000 Kurdish health employees will receive all administered doses.
Iraq is also set to purchase on Monday (March 1) first batch of China’s COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinopharm, Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment announced.
The ministry released photos showing an Iraqi Air Force plane loaded with supplies of the Sinopharm vaccine at Beijing International Airport. The Kurdistan Region will be given a share of the vaccine.
Chinese Ambassador to Iraq, Zhang Tao said on Sunday (February 28) that his country is now cooperating closely with the Iraqi ministry of health and other relevant Iraqi institutions on the vaccine transportation and delivery.
“The Chinese government recently decided to donate 50,000 doses of the [Sinopharm] vaccine to Iraq to cope with COVID-19. The vaccine will arrive in Iraq very soon, and it will benefit the Iraqi people,” said Tao in a written statement.
“China will provide the necessary aid and facilities for the Iraqi side to purchase the Chinese vaccine.”
In the past few days, many new COVID-19 cases have emerged in Iraq and Kurdistan Region and a constant increase in the number of active Coronavirus cases have been seen. The health ministry recorded 3,543 new cases, 2,820 recoveries and 18 deaths on Saturday for the past 24 hours.