Iraq approves two more COVID-19 vaccines

A test tube labelled with the Vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq on Tuesday approved two more coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, according to state news agency INA.

Iraq’s National Authority for Drug Selection has approved the use of AstraZeneca/Oxford and China Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, INA cited the health ministry as saying in a statement.

It is the third coronavirus vaccine that Iraq has approved so far. Last month, Iraq also approved the use Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

Spokesman of health ministry Said al-Badr said Baghdad had agreed with Pfizer to import 1.5 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine and that it would arrive in the country early this year.

In October, the ministry of health said the government would prioritize healthcare workers, members of security forces and other high-risk groups to receive the vaccine.

As of Monday, Iraq had recorded 609,029 cases of the coronavirus, of which 12,953 had died and 571,198 had recovered, according to the health ministry.

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