Oman launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Oman launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign
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A healthcare worker prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Omani capital Muscat on December 27, 2020. (AFP)
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A doctor receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Omani capital Muscat on December 27, 2020. (AFP)
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A man receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Omani capital Muscat on December 27, 2020. (AFP)
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A healthcare worker prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the Omani capital Muscat on December 27, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 27 December 2020

Oman launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Oman launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign
  • The sultanate is the last of the GCC countries to begin inoculating people
  • Health Minister Ahmed Al-Saidi was one of the first citizens to get a jab at a Muscat clinic,

MUSCAT: Oman started coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday, two days ahead of plans to resume all flights and open borders that temporarily closed amid concerns over a new strain of the disease.
The sultanate — which has recorded the second highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the Gulf — is the last of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to begin inoculating people.
Like most of its neighbors it has opted for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Health Minister Ahmed Al-Saidi, one of the first citizens to get a jab at a Muscat clinic, said priority would be given to front line health workers and people who are considered to be vulnerable.
Oman has so far recorded more than 128,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 1,495 deaths.
Along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the Gulf sultanate suspended commercial travel and banned entry and exit via their land and sea borders last week after a new strain of the virus appeared in Britain.
Saudi Arabia has yet to announce whether it will lift the suspension this week, while Kuwait has said it plans to re-open on January 1.
Oman is hoping to quickly start receiving tourists, especially from its wealthy neighboring countries, to boost its economy that has been hit hard by slumping oil prices and the pandemic.
The International Monetary Fund has estimated Oman’s economy to contract by 10 percent this year.
Travelers must present a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival, the official Oman News Agency reported on Sunday.


Turkey orders 238 detained in military probe over Gulen links

Turkey orders 238 detained in military probe over Gulen links
Updated 19 January 2021

Turkey orders 238 detained in military probe over Gulen links

Turkey orders 238 detained in military probe over Gulen links
  • Operation, covering 60 provinces, part of a four-year-old crackdown against the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

ISTANBUL: Turkey has ordered the arrest of 238 people in an operation targeting suspects in the military allegedly linked to a Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.
The operation, covering 60 provinces, was part of a four-year-old crackdown against the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. He denies involvement in the July 2016 putsch attempt, in which more than 250 people were killed.
Anadolu said 160 people had been detained in the latest police raids, ordered by prosecutors in Izmir. It said suspects were also targeted in northern Cyprus, where the Turkish military is deployed.
Among the suspects were 218 serving military personnel, including six colonels, three lieutenant colonels and nine majors, Anadolu said.
Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military.