Feb 24, 2021 09:36 UTC

Afghanistan has started its first COVID-19 vaccinations, administering doses first to security forces, health workers and journalists. The campaign comes amid a sharp rise in violence in the war-torn country.

According to Press TV, almost one year after the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Afghanistan, the country has now launched its first COVID-19 vaccination campaign. 

Representatives of medics, Afghan armed troops and journalists are the first ones who will receive doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, donated earlier this month by India.

Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing the vaccine for mid- and low-income countries, earlier this month.