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Hamas-ruled Gaza kicks off vaccination drive

The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip begins its coronavirus vaccination drive following the arrival of the first vaccines to the coastal area.

Former health ministers and several medical workers were inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V jabs in front of dozens of cameras. More medical workers and patients with chronic diseases are to start receiving injections on Tuesday.

The inoculation drive “will result in more immunity among the people and further curb the spread of the pandemic,” says the Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra.

The area has received just 22,000 doses of vaccines, a tiny fraction of what is needed to immunize the strip’s 2 million people, of whom some 1.4 million are over age 18.

A Palestinian health worker prepares a shot of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Gaza City on February 22, 2021 (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
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