WHO hands over Syria’s Autonomous Administration Covid-19 vaccine

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) – About 23,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine arrived in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) areas, a medical source from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Yesterday, in coordination with the AANES Health Board, the WHO started the process of vaccinating the health staff of al-Sha’ab Hospital in the city of Hasakah, northeast Syria.

“Since yesterday, about 30 cases of the health staff have been vaccinated against coronavirus,” Dr. Antar Sino, head of doctors in al-Sha’ab Hospital, told North Press.

The WHO source added that 13,200 doses of the vaccine reached Hasakah, where 6,000 vaccines were allocated for Raqqa and 4,000 for Deir ez-Zor.  

He pointed out that the process of vaccinating the medical staff and the infected in al-Lo’lo’a Hospital within the Security Square in Hasakah, started two weeks ago.

500 people have been vaccinated in al-Lo’lo’a Hospital, according to the source.

Late in April, the AANES Health Board co-chair, Jiwan Mustafa, had said, about 20,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine will reach AANES-held areas

In a previous interview with North Press, he added that 203,000 doses reached Syria, of which 10% was the allocation of northeast Syria.

It is unfair to allocate only 10% of the vaccines to AANES, as between 35 and 40% of the total population of Syria lives there, according to Mustafa.  

The vaccination process in al-Sha’ab Hospital will last until June 5.

The vaccination is approved by the WHO and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it requires three years to confirm its effectiveness. It is the British AstraZeneca type.

Reporting by Jindar Abdulqader