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Canada says first COVID-19 vaccine for refugees in Jordan offers glimmer of hope – rdnewsnow.com

Canada says first COVID-19 vaccine for refugees in Jordan offers glimmer of hope – rdnewsnow.com

By Canadian Press

Jan 15, 2021 12:06 PM

OTTAWA — Canada’s international development minister says the world’s first inoculation of a refugee with a COVID-19 vaccine this week is an important milestone in ending the pandemic everywhere.

Karina Gould tells The Canadian Press that inoculating the world’s most vulnerable people offers a glimmer of hope that the pandemic can be brought under control everywhere.

A woman living in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid who had fled northern Iraq became the first United Nations registered refugee to receive the vaccine on Thursday.

Before the pandemic Canada committed $2.1 billion in security, humanitarian and development funds to help Jordan and neighbouring Lebanon cope with the massive influx of refugees they face due to the crises in Syria and Iraq.

Published at Fri, 15 Jan 2021 19:09:16 +0000

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