Northern Syria, which is under the control of the opposition factions, is expecting the first batch of coronavirus vaccines to arrive in the coming few days.
In statements to Alsouria Net, the director of community programs at the Ministry of Health in the Syrian Interim Government Rami Kelzy said that they expect to receive the first patch of AstraZeneca as early as this week.
At the end of last year, the northwestern regions of Syria submitted an official request to the COVAX, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to obtain the vaccine.
The first patches were scheduled to arrive in late March or early April, but they were delayed for an unclear reason.
The northern regions of Syria, the countryside of Aleppo, and the Idleb Governorate have recorded 21,630 cases.
The team of Response Coordinators in the North had previously warned of the increasing rate of infection with the virus.
It said in a statement last month that it expected a sharp increase in numbers “as a result of the disregard for the necessary preventive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the weakness of humanitarian response operations in the region.”
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