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Delays In Middle East Vaccination Might Ignite Unrest, IMF Says

  • Fund less pessimistic on economic growth prospects for 2020
  • Maintaining debt sustainability will pose a challenge

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Possible delays in distributing vaccines could bring back social unrest in parts of the Middle East and North Africa and obstruct a speedy economic recovery, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Countries in the region with varied vaccine providers and production ability are more prone to favorable economic projections, while those with limited access to vaccines or are in harder-hit areas will have a weaker rally, according to the fund’s regional economic outlook.