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Some Israeli Arabs, Jerusalem Palestinians wary of coronavirus vaccine

Some Israeli Arabs, Jerusalem Palestinians wary of coronavirus vaccine

AS Israel leads the world in the rate of coronavirus vaccination, some of its Arab citizens and Palestinians in annexed East Jerusalem are regarding the shot with suspicion. In what officials see as a result of misinformation about possible side-effects or supposed malicious properties, turnout for vaccines has been low among Arabs, who make up 21% of Israel's population, and Jerusalem Palestinians. "I will not be vaccinated because I don't know what is in there. No one explained it to me," said Marouf Alyino of East Jerusalem. "Everyone is looking at Facebook and social media, where we hear about someone…
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Ghana kicks off vaccinations

Ghana kicks off vaccinations

CHRISTIAN AKORLIE GHANA began its coronavirus vaccination drive yesterday with 600 000 AstraZeneca doses it received from the global COVAX vaccine-sharing facility aimed at providing shots to developing nations to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. People lined up for shots outside the regional hospital in the capital, Accra, for a first phase of vaccinations which will prioritise frontline health workers and others at high risk. "I feel so good about taking the vaccine. It will protect me from contracting the virus from patients," said Bernice Anaglatey, 42, who works in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Accra's Ridge Hospital as…
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Egypt expands vaccine rollout

Egypt expands vaccine rollout

EGYPT yesterday expanded its coronavirus vaccination rollout to include the elderly and people with chronic diseases after several weeks of vaccinating medical staff, the cabinet said. Nearly 153,000 people have applied for vaccinations since Sunday when the North African country opened online registration, the cabinet said in a statement. Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country with more than 100 million, has prepared 40 vaccination centres and plans to increase that number after the arrival of more vaccine batches, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said. Egypt received 350,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) in…
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Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people living with HIV?

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people living with HIV?

RACHEL SAVAGE AS the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, HIV/AIDS experts and advocates have sought to reassure those living with HIV that they can safely get the coronavirus vaccination. Some countries have recommended that HIV-positive people should be given priority for vaccination against COVID-19 once the most at-risk groups - the elderly and frontline healthcare workers - have received their shots. Germany has said HIV-positive people will be included in a third tier of priority patients - along with the over-60s, people with conditions such as heart, kidney and liver disease, and those working in key…
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Egypt’s Sisi receives coronavirus vaccine

Egypt’s Sisi receives coronavirus vaccine

EGYPTIAN President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has received a coronavirus vaccination under a nationwide vaccination drive, his office said yesterday. The statement from the presidency did not give details on the type of vaccine Sisi received. Egypt has started administering doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine under the global COVAX agreement to provide vaccines for lower-income countries, as well as jabs produced by China's Sinopharm. Awad Tag el-Din, Sisi's adviser for health affairs, told a local news channel on Friday that around half a million people in Egypt had been vaccinated so far. The number of coronavirus cases has been steadily rising…
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