Vaccine coverage below 10% in seven eastern Mediterranean nations: WHO

These countries represent a high-risk setting for the emergence of further variants

  
People walk at a crowded souk, during a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tripoli, Lebanon February 1, 2021.

People walk at a crowded souk, during a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tripoli, Lebanon February 1, 2021.

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

CAIRO- An official at the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office said on Wednesday seven countries in the region have not yet reached a threshold of 10% vaccination coverage.

These countries represent a high-risk setting for the emergence of further variants, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari told a news conference.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elhamy, writing by Nafisa Eltahir, editing by Andrew Heavens) ((Nafisa.Eltahir@thomsonreuters.com;))


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