AMID fears of a fourth wave, Iraqi government has received 1.2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine through the Covax sharing scheme.
Nearly seven million Iraqis have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, amounting to 17.5 per cent of the country’s 40 million population according to government figures.
The Health Ministry announced recently the arrival of a shipment of more than 1.2 million doses of “Pfizer’s anti-COVID vaccine through the Covaxprogramme and UNICEF”.
“Iraq is still facing danger from the coronavirus pandemic,” ministry spokesman, Saif al-Badr said.
“We expect to enter a fourth wave, (and) it could be a new variant,” he told newsmen.
More than two million Iraqis have been infected with COVID and 23,628 have died in Iraq since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official figures.
Despite an increase in the number of people getting jabbed, Iraq’s government has been unable to overcome general skepticism about vaccines and measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
There is a high level of public mistrust of institutions in Iraq amid the circulation of misleading information about the pandemic.
Covax was set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries, and has already delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories.