Bahrain Plans Free Shots, Saudi Arabia Approves Pfizer Jab
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Bahrain has announced plans to give the public free coronavirus vaccines, as Saudi Arabia said it approved an inoculation by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to fight the pandemic. Bahrain plans to inoculate everyone 18 years and older in the kingdom at 27 different medical facilities, hoping to be able to vaccinate 10,000 people a day.

Pfizer told The Associated Press that the details of its sales agreement with Bahrain, including the timing of delivery and the volume of doses, were confidential and declined to comment. Bahrain had already granted emergency-use authorization for a Chinese vaccine made by Sinopharm and has inoculated some 6,000 people with it.

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday described the Sinopharm vaccine as 86% effective, but provided few details and answered no questions. It marked the first public release of information on the efficacy of that shot.

On Dec 10th, Saudi Arabia's Food and Drug Authority said it had registered the Pfizer vaccine so that health authorities in the kingdom can then import and use the vaccine. A major challenge in the Mideast remains the weather. The vaccines must be stored and shipped at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius.

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https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/bahrain-announces-free-covid-vaccine-for-public-saudi-arabia-approves-pfizer-jab/79675496
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