Coronavirus (1327) COVID-19 in Kurdistan region of Iraq

16 July, 2021

Dear All

We have just published an article about coronavirus vaccination in Kurdistan region of Iraq.

HIFA profile: Goran Zangana is a medical doctor and Associate Research Fellow with the Middle East Research Institute, Iraq. He is a HIFA country representative for Iraq and is currently based in the UK.

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thanks Goran. For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here are a few extracts from the article, and a question from me about trust:

'By now, the overall death toll has reached more than 4500... As of July 12th, 2021 the Ministry of Health in Kurdistan (MoH) had been able to vaccinate only 152,843 individuals. This represents 2.5% of the total KRI population of about 6 million. The number of people who received both doses of the vaccine is even lower...

'Gender dynamics have also affected vaccine uptake. More than two thirds of those who received the first dose of the vaccine were males. Although these data related to Iraq, the same proportions likely apply in KRI...

'Furthermore, political and personal connections played a role in access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Individuals with strong political and personal connections were able to receive the vaccine quicker and receive ‘better’ vaccines compared to others...

'Finally, mistrust in the government in general, and the public health system in particular, is also a significant factor in KRI (just like in some other countries in the region). Against that backdrop, many people were (and are) hesitant about vaccines...' Goran, please can you say more about 'mistrust in... the public health system in particular'.]