Syria’s Idlib region to receive first batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Some 53,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were distributed in the last rebel-held enclave on Wednesday, a UN official said.

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The first group of COVID-19 vaccine dosages is anticipated to arrive on Wednesday in war-ravaged northwestern Syria, where loads of people live in dire humanitarian circumstances, a United Nations official held.

The 53,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were forwarded to Idlib province as part of the Covax facility, which guarantees the world’s neediest economies to receive vaccinations for free.

“Once the vaccines arrive, we are prepared to start vaccination to priority groups through our implementing partners,” said Mahmoud Daher, a senior official with the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).

The conveyance will be the first to Syria as part of the Covax program, which has previously sent vaccine dosages to more than 100 different nations worldwide.

The vaccine doses are envisioned for the protracted northwestern Syrian region, which includes the Idlib enclave.

The first category of people to be vaccinated in the coming days in the Idlib region will be medical personnel involved in the battle against the pandemic.

The next group will be people above the age of 60, followed by people from younger age groups with chronic diseases, said Daher, who is based in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep.

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