Iraq to receive three million Covid-19 vaccines
Baghdad, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The health committee of the Parliament of Iraq announced that the country will receive three million Covid-19 vaccines in late February or early March, Rudaw News reported on Monday.
A press release from the parliamentary commission indicated that the Ministry of Health contracted Pfizer and AstraZeneca to import the vaccines.
According to the departmental director at the Ministry of Health, Riyadh Abdul Amir, Iraq reserved 16 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, 3.4 million of which are from the British Oxford AstraZeneca company.
Meanwhile, Minister of Displacement and Migration Evan Faieq Jabro informed that 500,000 displaced people living in camps across Iraq will be immunized.
The country has reported a remarkable increase in Covid-19 cases, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in the past few days, 50 percent of which were infected with the British strain of the virus.
That variant, detected in September 2020, poses a great danger if preventive measures are not taken, according to a statement from health authorities.
Therefore, schools, universities, beauty parlors, parks, wedding halls, funeral parlors and religious centers have been closed since February 15.
In the past 24 hours, Iraq reported 3,187 new Covid-19 cases and 27 deaths, so the total number of cases rose to nearly 667,000 and the death toll increased to 13,272.
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