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Qatar sees biggest dip in community Covid-19 cases in over a month

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The Gulf nation continues to expand its vaccination campaign in an effort to combat the spread of the virus and return to normality.

Qatar reported less than 100 new community cases on Saturday—the lowest in over a month—as authorities continue to rapidly expand the country’s vaccination campaign.

Saturday statistics from the Ministry of Public Health [MoPH] reported a total of 157 new Covid-19 cases, 99 of which were among the community— the lowest since 1 August — and 58 among travellers.

The total number of reported cases was also the lowest since 2 August, when 150 cases were reported by the ministry.

Data also revealed that there has been no admission to the ICU unit or any deaths in the last 24 hours leading to Saturday. In addition, 281 people have recovered from the virus, taking the number of active cases down to 2,386.

The recent drop can be attributed to the government’s efforts to contain the virus, among which is a vast expansion of the National Vaccination campaign to ensure the community’s safety.

Vaccination Milestone 

On Friday, Qatar reported that 4,504,557 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country since the start of the campaign in December.

The Gulf country has also been ranked the second country in the world with the highest percentage of eligible population who received at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data.

The chart shows Qatar is ranked second in the world for the percentage of population that have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, among countries with a population of more than one million as of August 21.

Qatar ranks second worldwide for rate of first Covid-19 vaccine dose

The Gulf state also ranked fifth in the world for the highest fully vaccinated population among countries with over one million residents, according to the latest statistics published by the online publication, which compiles Covid-19 vaccination data from around the world.

However, the ministry said there remains a small percentage of people who are eligible for the vaccine that have yet to receive the shot.

Last week, at least 48,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Qatar as part of an agreement with COVAX, authorities confirmed.

COVAX is a worldwide initiative co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi (the Vaccines Alliance) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which cooperates with governments and international manufacturers to accelerate the development, production and accessibility to Covid-19 vaccines around the world.

Since last year, Qatar has been administering only two brands of the approved jabs for emergency use, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

However, AstraZeneca’s vaccine has also been proven to be effective against the overspreading virus and its multiple variants.

This will allow the country to vaccinate more people in the upcoming months, administering thousands of doses daily in order to return to normality.

Health authorities are now stepping up calls to urge the public to get vaccinated, especially with the Delta Variant now posing a major threat to people’s lives worldwide.


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