The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has obtained tens of thousands more COVID-19 vaccine doses.
KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani announced Friday that 43,800 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the autonomous part of northern Iraq.
AstraZeneca is a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. Some countries have suspended administering the AstraZeneca vaccine recently due to reports of it being linked to blood clots. However, the latest findings from the European Union say that blood clotting arising from taking the vaccine is “very rare” and that its benefits vis-a-vis the virus outweigh the potential side effects.
The State of Palestine has also received AstraZeneca vaccines.
The Kurdistan Region is reporting several hundred new virus infections a day, according to KRG statistics. There are still some capacity restrictions and closures in effect in the region. More than 6 million people live in the KRG’s territory.