Iraq to Import Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine
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Iraq to Import Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine

ERBIL - Iraq's Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail revealed on Thursday that Baghdad had signed a deal with Moscow to import one million doses of Sputnik V vaccine.

According to the oil minister, who is leading a delegation in Russia, the shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccines will arrive in Baghdad within the next two weeks, as the epidemic situation in Iraq has already deteriorated.

Earlier on Monday, China donated 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, a proportion of which was also shared with the Kurdistan Region the following day.

On Thursday, the first healthcare worker in the Kurdistan Region was vaccinated during a televised event in Erbil, with Prime Minister Masrour Barzani noting that recovering from COVID-19 "starts today, with the first vaccine administered," adding that "many more will arrive soon – directly to Kurdistan and through Baghdad."