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Iraq set to receive first COVID-19 vaccine doses: ministry of health

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COVID-19 vaccines being loaded into an Iraqi Air Force plane in China (All photo Credits: Instagram/mohiraq)
2021-02-28

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SULAIMANI — Iraq is set to receive its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the federal Ministry of Health and Environment (MOHE) announced in the early hours of Sunday (February 28).

At Beijing International Airport overnight, an Iraqi Air Force plane was loaded with supplies of the Sinopharm vaccine produced in China, according to the Chinese Embassy in Baghdad.

At this point, Iraq is supposed to get 50,000 doses of that vaccine, along with 3.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility and 1.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Iraq is in the midst of a surge in the number of coronavirus infections, with new variants beginning to circulate.

On Saturday, the ministry announced that it had recorded 3,543 new coronavirus infections and eighteen deaths in the country over the previous 24 hours.

There have been at total 692,241 cases of coronavirus across Iraq and 13,383 COVID-19 fatalities since the disease first appeared in the country last year.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 10:40 a.m.

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