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%20 population to administer COVID-19 vaccine by year's end

  2021-04-07  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Minister of Health Rahel Faraidun (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Minister of Health Rahel Faraidun said on Wednesday (April 7) that twenty percent of the Kurdistan Region’s population should be vaccinated against coronavirus by the end of 2021 in accordance with the instructions by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Kurdistan Region has recently received 5,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China including 1,000 to the Chinese Consulate General in Erbil and 43,800 jabs from AstraZeneca vaccines as shares from the federal government.

The Kurdistan Region is expected to receive its share from a yet-to-arrive 16 million doses of Pfizer vaccine manufactured in the US purchased by the federal government. 

The KRG health ministry previously prioritized doctors, healthcare workers, security personnel, Peshmerga members and the elderly people above 16 years old to be inoculated. 

The ministry has also installed a pre-registration application for other people to appoint to get the vaccine shots. 

“16,500 doses [the AstraZeneca jabs] arrived in Sulaimani, 15,800 to Erbil, 11,500 to Duhok,” Faraidun told Voice of America (VOA). 

He also said that Pfizer pharmaceutical company had rejected a request by the KRG health ministry to directly provide the Region with its vaccine doses.

There has have been spikes in the COVID-19 cases in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq following the emergence of new strains of the pathogen globally, especially the UK and South African variants.

Over the past four days, the Region recorded over 1,000 infections, the highest single-day surges since last November. 

On Tuesday, the KRG health ministry logged 856 COVID-19 cases, twelve deaths and 432 recoveries over the past 24 hours.

There have been 127,047 official cases. 111,926 patients have recovered and 3,743 have died from the contagious disease since the pandemic reached the Region in March last year.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan English)