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Hamas launches Gaza Strip’s coronavirus vaccination drive

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23.02.2021

The Gaza Strip began its coronavirus vaccination drive on Monday following the arrival of the first vaccines to the enclave ruled by the Hamas terror group.

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,” said Hamas-run Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.

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The enclave has received just 22,000 doses of vaccines, a tiny fraction of what is needed to immunize the Strip’s two million people, of whom some 1.4 million are over age 18. Palestinian workers unload a truck from 20,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine upon its arrival to Gaza Strip, at the Rafah crossing border with Egypt, February 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The shortage of vaccines in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank stands in stark contrast to Israel, which is on pace to immunize almost all of its adult population in the coming weeks. Already, roughly one-third of Israel’s 9.3 million people have received two doses of the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine.........

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