First COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in an Erbil hospital
33-year-old healthcare worker Goran Osman receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese Sinopharm at Rizgari Hospital, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, Mar.4, 2021.
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm were administered to healthcare workers at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil.
In a ceremony attended by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Health Saman Barznji and Erbil Governor Omed Khoshnaw, a healthcare worker was inoculated to immunize against the coronavirus as the first person to receive the vaccine.
33-year-old Healthcare worker Goran Osman received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Rizgari Hospital in Kurdistan Region’s capital Erbil. Osman is expected to receive the second dose on March25.
Several healthcare workers and a doctor received the doses afterwards.
The vaccine rollouts are usually commenced with heads and officials of countries being vaccinated on the air in order for people to trust in the vaccine and inculcate themselves.
UK-based virologist Aref Goran, who usually writes on coronavirus and advises people, called on Barznji to receive the first dose, but his proposal was not followed suit.
On Tuesday, the KRG Ministry of Health announced the arrival of 5,000 doses
of two-administered coronavirus vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm and donated by China.
According to the ministry, health care workers, security forces, the elderly and those at risk are prioritized to receive the first doses. It said another batch will arrive next week.
There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region following the emergence of new variants of the virus globally.
KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzinji said last week that most of the new cases are the UK strain.
KRG Health Ministry recorded 237 new coronavirus-related cases, one new death and 174 recoveries over past 24 hours.
Overall, there have been 109,587 officially-logged coronavirus cases. Out of that, 103,918 have recovered and 3,525 have died, according to the ministry’s latest figures.
The Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.
The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.