Iraq to buy 4.5 million more doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

A nurse fills a syringe with a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Enfermera Isabel Zendal new pandemic hospital in Madrid, Spain, February 4, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq will purchase 4.5 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, according to the health minister.

Minister of Health Hassan al-Tamimi said there were three types of coronavirus vaccines, including Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sinopharm.

“All the vaccines are active and healthy, and the World Health Organization supervises them,” Tamimi said on Friday.

Iraq has received two batches of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this month.

In December, the Iraqi health ministry said it had agreed with Pfizer to import 1.5 million doses of its vaccine.

As of Friday, the Iraqi health ministry had recorded more than 1 million cases of the virus, including 15,174 deaths. As many as 298,377 people had been vaccinated in the country.

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