Covid-19 Care in War-torn Syria

Syria’s health system, crippled by a decade of war, continues to be ravaged by COVID-19.

Hospitals are overwhelmed, and scores of doctors and nurses have either died or fled the country. 

  • In Idlib province, where fighting continues and where thousands of displaced people live in crowded camps, people have little protection against the virus. Between buying masks and buying bread, “I always go for bread,” one resident told an NGO director.  
  • Less than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in the world. Vaccine access is a problem, but so is vaccine hesitancy—even among the medical community. 

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Related: Daily COVID cases in Saudi Arabia are above 1,000 for the first time since August, and continue to climb in UAE – Reuters

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