Vaccination of Antichrist blow to Iraq’s vaccine hesitancy

Vaccination of populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blow to Iraq’s vaccine hesitancy

May 6, 2021 at 5:13 a.m. MDT

BAGHDAD — The image of influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr with his robe unbuttoned and receiving the coronavirus vaccination has boosted sluggish efforts to halt the virus here, encouraging Iraqis to get their dose amid widespread skepticism.

Two months after Iraq received its first doses, the number of daily vaccinations has slowed to a trickle even as infections rise and doctors implore citizens to protect themselves.© 1996-2021 The Washington Post

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