Latest COVID-19 Surge Pushes More Iraqis to Get Vaccinated, But Hesitancy Still Remains

As COVID-19 continues to ravage low- and middle-income countries, Iraq struggles to manage the pandemic within its borders. It continues to have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Middle East: to date, only about one million people have been fully vaccinated, representing less than two percent of a population of approximately 40 million. […]

August 12, 2021

Challenges Faced by the Iraqi Health Sector in Responding to COVID-19

One year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Iraq’s health sector remains unable to adequately respond to the crisis. Iraq has struggled to deal with the COVID-19 emergency since the first case appeared in the country in late February 2020.[1] Weakened by more than three decades of conflict, international sanctions, corruption, […]

April 6, 2021

In Iraq, Those Infected with Coronavirus Face Shame and Stigmatization

Like many others in the world, Iraqis are facing unprecedented quarantine measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. In a country still recovering from decades of war, sanctions, and extremism, experts fear that Iraq would be unable to adequately respond if there is a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Moreover, Iraqis who have been stricken […]

April 23, 2020

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