Qatar Red Crescent to launch global refugee vaccination project | Coronavirus pandemic News

The $ 100 million initiative aims to provide COVID vaccines to more than three million refugees and displaced persons in 20 countries.

Qatar’s Red Crescent announced it is launching a US $ 100 million humanitarian initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to refugees, displaced persons and migrants around the world.

The campaign, which is slated to begin on Monday, will last three years and will cover 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

According to the motto “leave no one behind”, the Red Crescent of Qatar will implement the initiative in cooperation with the World Health Organization.

“The implementation will be carried out by the World Health Organization in accordance with the procedures established in each country in coordination with the authorities concerned,” the Red Crescent of Qatar said in a statement.

The goals of the initiative include vaccinating “3,650,000 of the most vulnerable people in refugee, internally displaced and migrant communities” against COVID-19, as well as promoting and promoting vaccination.

The target groups also include the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and humanitarian workers.

The project aims to provide the highest number of vaccines to displaced persons and refugees in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Northern Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen – with 400,000 scheduled vaccinations in each country.

Lebanon, which has the world’s highest concentration of refugees per capita, is also part of the campaign and is expected to receive vaccinations for 150,000 people.

This week, Human Rights Watch said that only 18 percent of Palestinian refugees and 17 percent of Syrian refugees eligible for vaccination were shot in Lebanon.

Many cited either a lack of information about vaccine access or a fear of safety measures as a reason for not registering to receive the vaccine.

For comparison: 24 percent of the registered Lebanese were vaccinated due to bottlenecks in the bumps.

The Qatari branch of the Red Crescent was established in 1978. She was recognized internationally in 1981 by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.