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World COVID-19: Syria receives its first vaccines from COVAX

06:40  23 april  2021
06:40  23 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Syria has received its first vaccines against coronavirus as part of the COVAX initiative for the distribution of vaccines around the world. 203,000 doses delivered this Thursday in the province of Damascus and nearly 54,000 the day before in the northwestern Syria. The vaccination campaign will be able to start.

officially, just over 50,000 people have contracted the coronavirus in Syria. But health actors know these underestimated figures.

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Hakan Bilgin is the President of Physicians of the World Turkey, an NGO present in Idleb and Afrin, in northwestern Syria: "We see in our centers more and more cases related to COVID," he explains . Many more people with pneumonia symptoms, respiratory problems. So we notice that there are very important warning signs at the medical level on Idleb and Afrin. Médecins du Monde decided to strengthen its on-site screening capabilities.

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The 53,800 doses received Wednesday for this part of the country are little, but it is a start, greeting Yasser Najeib, Director of the Technical Committee of the Syrian Immunization Group. This NGO consortium conducts immunization programs in the Syrian Northwest since 2017. It was he who has received Covax vaccines and who will lead this campaign in the 93 structures he created over the years.

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"In each vaccination center we have refrigerators to store vaccines. We will use these refrigerators to also store vaccines against CVIV-19, says Yasser Najeib. But we have appointed new nurses who will receive specific training.

Health personnel should be the first beneficiaries of these vaccines. The rhythm of the vaccination campaign will then depend on the upcoming deliveries of COVAX .

and in the Idleb region where the fighting continues and where rebel groups still control whole sections of the territory the arrival of vaccines arouses hope for the population.

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