Iraq gets first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines via COVAX
WorldPersonnel check a shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily26 Mar 2021 02:52AMShare this contentBookmarkBAGHDAD: Iraq received 336,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday (Mar 25), the first sent there under the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme.
Health minister Hassan al-Tamimi came to Baghdad Airport to greet the life-saving shipment and watched as the cases were unloaded into refrigerated trucks. He said they would quickly go out to regions across the country.AdvertisementAdvertisementIraq got its first coronavirus vaccines - 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm doses donated by China - on Mar 2, but has struggled to keep up with demand.
It reported its highest ever daily tally of more than 6,500 new infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 815,605. Authorities have imposed a nightly curfew to try and contain the spread. Read more: CNA »