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Iraq will prioritize COVID-19 vaccine for high risk groups: minister

An Iraqi man blesses a worker, wearing a mask, with incense in the courtyard of the shrine of Imam Ali in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf, where the first case of COVID-19 has been documented in Iraq. Photo: AFP
2020-10-25

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SULAIMANI — Federal Health and Environment Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said on Sunday (October 25) that the government will prioritize four categories of people to receive COVID-19 vaccines when one is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Priority groups include those over fifty-years-old, members of the security forces, healthcare workers, and people with chronic diseases, al-Tamimi told Iraqi state-run newspaper al-Sabah.

Iraq is in touch with the UK, China, and Russia to supply vaccines once they are certified by the WHO.

According to the federal health ministry, there have been 449,153 cases of coronavirus in Iraq. 378,209 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and 10,568 have died from it as of Saturday.

(NRT Digital Media)