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Over 200,000 vaccinated in Kurdistan at least with first dose

  2021-06-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Over 200,000 people in the Kurdistan Region have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the latest figures by the health ministry show, as the vaccination programme continues.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister said on March 2 that his government cabinet has plans to secure vaccines for the Kurdistan Region’s whole population estimated at more than six million people.

Those administered doese of Covid-19 until March 24 had reached 100,000 people, Minister of Health Saman Barznji said. 

The Iraqi health ministry has sent 163,300 shots of Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines so far, the KRG health minister said, reported by Iraqi News Agency (INA).

First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm were administered in early March to healthcare workers at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil.

People in the Kurdistan Region can apply for appointments to receive jabs of Covid-19 vaccination via a website launched by the health ministry.

According to daily data released by the health officials, cases of Covid-19 declined since vaccination rollout.

On Friday, the Kurdistan Region logged 458 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths, and 537 recoveries for a 24 hour period.

Overall, there have been 179,176 officially logged cases. 167,726 have recovered and 4,396 have died.

(Zhyan English)