COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Commences in Gaza

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  • The Gaza strip launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic, in which the elderly and healthcare workers will be inoculated first
  • Assistant deputy minister Medhat Muhaisen said Gaza has received only 22,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine from the UAE
  • Health authorities say the vaccine will be used on patients who have had organ transplant and those with kidney failure
  • This comes as rights groups and the UN have called on Israel to ensure that Palestinians in Gaza are vaccinated
  • The Gaza strip has so far recorded more than 54,000 coronavirus cases, with 543 deaths