Mena Covid-19 vaccine tracker (October 2021)

25 October 2021
Governments around the Middle East and North Africa region ease mask mandates and social distancing rules as the case growth rate slows

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*=Four-week case rate per million people, as of 18 October 2021

Algeria / 10*
Algeria has started producing the Chinese-developed Sinovac vaccine at the Saidal factory in Constantine.

Bahrain / 38*
Manama is understood to be considering doubling the VAT rate to 10 per cent to boost post-pandemic state revenues.

Egypt / 17*
Cairo has received several batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through the Covax scheme, with US support.

Iran / 74*
Chinese vaccine imports by Iran Red Crescent Society have crossed the 70.3 million mark.

Iraq / 44*
A fourth batch of vaccines donated by the Chinese government has arrived in Baghdad.

Jordan / 60*
Non-profit organisations have agreed to support the national inoculation programme by the country’s Health Ministry.

Kuwait / 18*
Health Minister Basel al-Sabah has said infection and death rates are showing an unprecedented rate of decline.

Lebanon / 57*
Public Health Minister Firass Abiad has called for the national vaccination drive to be ramped up.

Libya / 61*
Tripoli is planning to make vaccinations mandatory for state transactions and for entry to institutions.

Morocco / 28*
A health official has said that the positivity rate dropped to a 16-week low of 3.5 per cent in mid-October.

Oman / 14*
Vaccination is now mandatory to renew expatriate residency cards and to enter workplaces.

Qatar / 34*
Doha is easing curbs including mask-wearing mandates as infection rates drop.

Saudi Arabia / 7*
Saudi Arabia is easing mandates on social distancing and wearing masks.

Syria / 25*
The Covid-19 infection rate continues to grow in northwest Syria amid overcrowding of displacement camps.

Tunisia / 34*
Tunis is easing its midnight-5am curfew and is mandating vaccinations for public events.

UAE / 28*
Abu Dhabi is planning to ease Covid-19 measures in line with vaccination rates at schools.

Produced on 24 October 2021. Sources: World Health Organisation, Worldometers, MEED

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