Covid-19 vaccine monitoring (May 2021)

Travel resumption plans gain popularity as weekly growth in Covid-19 cases slows in Middle East and regional vaccine deployments advance

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> MEED’s Covid-19 Recovery Index
> Gulf Airlines tightens ties ahead of summer vacation

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Algeria / 126,650+ cases
The plan to reopen the land borders from June 1 is on hold, but international flights will partially resume as planned.

Bahrain / 214870+ cases
Emergency use of Russian single injection Sputnik-Light Covid-19 vaccine authorized by Manama.

Egypt / 252,690+ cases
More Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines arrive through the Covax program as China ships more Sinopharm vaccines.

Iran / 2,823,890+ cases
Mass production of the locally made Coviran Barekat jab in Iran has reportedly started.

Iraq / 1164150+ cases
On average, 15,000 people are vaccinated every day in Iraq, according to the WHO.

Jordan / 729705+ case
Amman to receive UAE support for inoculation of IDPs and refugees.

Kuwait / 298,225+ cases
Travel from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka has reportedly been suspended to curb Covid-19.

Lebanon / 538,220+ cases
Beirut is barring entry to travelers from India and Brazil due to an increase in infections in both countries.

Libya / 182,900+ cases
About 100,000 people received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, according to official data from May 11.

Morocco / 516,815+ cases
Rabat receives 650,000 additional doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine via the Covax facility.

Oman / 208,610+ cases
The Ministry of Health is issuing regulations for private sector companies to procure Covid-19 vaccines for their staff.

Qatar / 215 160+ cases
It is understood that Doha provides for a gradual four-step easing of restrictions between May 28 and July 30.

Saudi Arabia / 439,850+ cases
Amid strict biosecurity and quarantine measures, Riyadh lifts the travel ban as planned on May 17.

Syria / 24052+ cases
Damascus has reportedly received a batch of Sinopharm vaccines which were donated by China.

Tunisia / 334 100+ cases
The central bank governor said parliament must approve Tunisia’s $ 4 billion IMF loan to support the economy.

WATER / 554,520+ cases
Abu Dhabi plans to allow non-quarantine travel from July 1 to boost tourism in the emirate.

Produced May 23, 2021. Sources: WHO, Worldometer, MEED

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