FILE PHOTO: Pharmacy supervisor Larren Suh shows the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccine at Massachusetts Basic Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 16, 2020. Craig F. Walker/Pool through REUTERS
August 26, 2021
DUBAI (Reuters) -Qatar is providing COVID-19 vaccines to evacuees from Afghanistan who’re quickly staying within the Gulf Arab state, which has been facilitating world evacuation efforts for the reason that Taliban seized Kabul, the international ministry mentioned on Thursday.
Qatar, which hosts the most important U.S. navy base within the area, has thus far helped evacuate greater than 40,000 individuals to Doha and can proceed to facilitate worldwide efforts in “the approaching days”, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Those that don’t instantly transit to different nations are being supplied with a PCR take a look at and COVID-19 vaccine, if requested, it mentioned, including that Doha is quickly internet hosting “numerous evacuees most of them college students, households and journalists”.
Strain to finish shifting out hundreds of foreigners and Afghans who helped Western nations throughout the 20-year struggle in opposition to the Taliban has intensified, with all U.S. and allied troops because of depart the airport subsequent week.
Fellow Gulf state the United Arab Emirates has helped evacuate 36,500 individuals, together with 8,500 coming to the UAE through its nationwide carriers or airports, a senior Emirati official advised a information briefing on Thursday.
The UAE in coordination with the US has arrange a transit hub and processing centre within the capital Abu Dhabi for evacuees to bear well being and safety screenings earlier than persevering with to the US or a 3rd nation, he added.
Qatar has agreed with the US to quickly host 8,000 Afghan nationals whereas the UAE and Kuwait would host 5,000.
(Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous and Aziz El Yaakoubi; Enhancing by Toby Chopra and Giles Elgood)