RABAT -- Morocco received on Wednesday its first shipment of Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, the ministry of health said.
The first batch of vaccines developed by the China National Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd (Sinopharm) arrived at Casablanca airport and will be dispatched to the vaccination locations throughout the country, the ministry said in a statement. (Morocco-China-Vaccine)
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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Wednesday that Israel will close its border crossings with Egypt and Jordan as part of its struggle to stop new coronavirus strains.
A statement issued by Deri's office said that land crossings with Egypt and Jordan will be closed for both Israelis and non-Israelis starting from Thursday morning. The temporary measure will remain effective until Sunday, Deri said. (Israel-Egypt-Jordan-Crossings)
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BEIRUT -- The Lebanese Red Cross announced on Wednesday evening that 74 protesters and nine security forces members were injured in clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, MTV local TV Channel reported.
The channel reported that one of the security forces members was seriously injured while 63 protesters were treated on site and 11 others were transferred to nearby hospitals. (Lebanon-Protest-Lockdown)
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RAMALLAH -- Palestine will receive the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines by mid-February, a senior Palestinian health official in the West Bank said Wednesday.
Wissam Sbeihat, official in charge of the COVID-19 file in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that when the vaccines arrive in Palestine, "the vaccination process will start immediately." (Palestine-Vaccine)