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Gaza vaccination drive plagued by rumors of side effects

Thanks to wide disinformation and rumors, many elderly residents in the Gaza Strip are afraid to be inoculated against COVID-19.
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On Aug. 23, health authorities announced that cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant have been detected in the besieged enclave as the world enters a new stage of the pandemic

The Palestinian Health Ministry is providing vaccines to the Gaza Strip residents free of charge in more than 300 medical centers. However, inoculation numbers remain very low, with only 130,000 residents vaccinated among a population of 2 million, according to data from the Health Ministry.

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