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Vaccine campaign begins amid virus surge in rebel-held Syria

Northeastern Syria, administered by a Kurdish-led authority, doesn’t have a separate inoculation program and is dependent on Damascus for testing for the virus and for vaccinations. The local health department reported 123 new cases and 14 deaths in the region, which is home to nearly 4 million people and borders Turkey and Iraq. The new cases raise to nearly 15,800 the total registered coronavirus cases in the region, including 571 deaths.

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