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Overcoming COVID-19 at 99 years-old in Guinea

Conakry – When Bagama Guehara walked out of Donka Hospital in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on 7 July this year, leaning on a walking stick for support, she was met with a rapturous applause from the medical staff and fellow patients. At 99, Guehara is the oldest person to have tested positive for COVID-19 in Guinea…
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    (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

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    The compound will be set up in cooperation with the Health Ministry, Home Front Command and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is intended to inoculate thousands of residents from the neighboring Palestinian villages who work in Israel, as well as “blue ID card holders” – Israeli citizens who live in settlements across the fence. 

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    ‘Our goal is to safely #vaccinate as many residents as possible of neighbouring villages, including those living across the security barrier.’

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