Coronavirus (1351) Soaring cases and little vaccination: A COVID-19 Middle East snapshot

20 August, 2021

From the New Humanitarian:

Soaring cases and little vaccination: A COVID-19 Middle East snapshot

‘In our hospital, we have outdated and broken medical equipment.’

https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2021/8/18/soaring-cases-and-litt...

A fresh surge of COVID-19 cases across the Middle East and North Africa is presenting a major challenge to outdated, underfunded, and short-staffed healthcare systems, and driving home just how serious a problem global vaccine inequity really is. Our weekend read zooms in on five countries – Libya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Iraq, and Yemen - who are fighting coronavirus against the backdrop of conflict, displacement, and economic catastrophe. Vaccine doses received via the UN-backed COVAX facility or other deals and donations are not enough to go around, and many remain hesitant to get the jabs or to even seek treatment until it is too late. As one Yemeni doctor told The New Humanitarian: “A significant portion of the population is denying that COVID even exists.”

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org