Saudi Arabia launches corona vaccination campaign

19 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Health said, a day after it received two shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Footage on al-Ekhbariya TV showed a man and a woman at a medical centre in the capital, Riyadh, getting vaccinated on Thursday, reports Al Jazeera.

Shortly after that, Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah received the vaccine.

Saudi Arabia received its first two shipments on Wednesday, becoming the first country in the Middle East to obtain the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German partner BioNTech. It approved the use of the vaccine last week.

Saudi Arabian authorities asked people to register to be vaccinated via a mobile application; more than 150,000 people registered in 24 hours.

Citizens aged 65 and above, professionals at higher risks of Covid-19 exposure, as well as people with immune deficiency and chronic disease will be first recipients of the vaccine.

The second round will see people aged over 50, health practitioners and those with specific chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes vaccinated.