Covid-19 vaccine tracker (March 2021)

24 March 2021
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are making mixed progress in their efforts to secure vaccination doses and inoculate their populations

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Algeria / 115,265+ cases
Talks with Russian partners to produce the Sputnik-V vaccine are at “very advanced” stages, according to an official from the country’s pharmaceutical industry ministry.

Bahrain / 131,000+ cases
Bahrain authorises US firm Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, making it the fifth jab approved for use in the country.

Egypt / 190,925+ cases
Cairo receives 300,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine after being sent a major shipment in February.

Iran / 1,754,930+ cases
Trials of a third domestic vaccine candidate, Fakhra, get under way. Trials are ongoing for the locally made jabs Coviran Barakat and Razi Covpars.

Iraq 758,190+ cases
Agreement signed to import 1 million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine. Baghdad expects to receive 2 million Sinopharm doses as well.

Jordan / 477,050+ cases
Amman approves Sputnik-V vaccine for emergency use, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Kuwait / 209,525+ cases
Health ministry reportedly plans to vaccinate 2 million people by September, to coincide with the reopening of schools.

Lebanon / 418,450+ cases
World Bank threatens to withdraw vaccine funding if politicians violate administration rules and jump queues.

Libya / 146,080+ cases
Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah says acquiring vaccine doses is a top priority for the government.

Morocco / 488,940+ cases
Sputnik-V and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines are authorised for use as part of Rabat’s national inoculation drive.

Oman / 147,425+ cases
Thirty per cent of the population will be vaccinated by the end of June and 70 per cent by the end of 2021, according to a health ministry official.

Qatar / 170,250+ cases
A total of 561,044 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the programme, public health ministry says.

Saudi Arabia / 382,410+ cases
Health minister says Covid-19 vaccines are essential for health workers participating in the Hajj season this year.

Syria / 16,480+ cases
Russia’s Sputnik-V is authorised for use in the country, which is also signed up to procure jabs through the Covax alliance.

Tunisia / 241,835+ cases
First major vaccine delivery completed as 30,000 doses of Sputnik-V arrive, with priority to be given to healthcare workers.

UAE / 428,300+ cases
Vaccinations now open to all citizens and residents aged over 16 years after the completion of the six-week priority entitlement for high-risk individuals.

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