Covid-19 vaccine tracker (Feb 2021)

23 February 2021
Saudi Arabia extends movement and capacity restrictions and Iran braces for a potential ‘fourth wave’ as the number of Covid-19 cases in the Middle East and North Africa region crosses 5,297,115

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> Covid-19 cases near 5.5 million-mark in Mena
> Saudi extends closures to curb Covid-19
> The vaccine race is a global experiment

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Algeria / 110,711+ cases
China donates 200,000 Sinopharm doses as vaccination campaign begins. Local production of Russian vaccine Sputnik-V planned for later this year.

Bahrain / 112,742+ cases
Sputnik-V vaccine becomes fourth jab approved in the country after Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

Egypt / 173,813+ cases
President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi says “the money is available” for vaccines and “there is no problem”.

Iran / 1,526,023+ cases
Vaccination programme begins with Sputnik-V. Four million Oxford-AstraZeneca shots are also expected to be received under the WHO-led Covax scheme.

Iraq / 643,852+ cases
Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi says the country will receive 2.5-3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of February.

Jordan / 347,250+ cases
Amman discusses procurement of Sputnik-V vaccine for citizens and refugees with Russia.

Kuwait / 177,701+ cases
Local media has reported that Kuwait planned to receive its fifth batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February.

Lebanon / 339,129+ cases
Vaccination rollout is under way following the arrival of the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech jabs in mid-February.  

Libya / 127,705+ cases
Local media reports that Libya has secured 55,000 Pfizer and 920,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses.

Morocco / 478,474+ cases
Rabat receives 2 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine from India as the country’s inoculation programme gets under way.

Oman / 137,592+ cases
Administration of second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine begins for groups including those aged over 
65 years. 

Qatar / 157,244+ cases
National Covid-19 vaccination programme begins with a focus on high-risk groups such as the elderly.

Saudi Arabia / 372,732+ cases
Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University starts first phase clinical trials with the Education Ministry to produce a Covid-19 vaccine.

Syria / 14,863+ cases
Local media reports that the WHO plans to roll out Covid-19 vaccines across Syria from April.

Tunisia / 223,244+ cases
First batch of 93,600 Pfizer-BioNTech doses expected in March, according to Ahlem Gzara, a member of the national vaccination committee.

UAE / 351,895+ cases
More than 5.5 million doses administered as of 20 February. Vaccines approved for use include Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik-V, and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

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