The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) tweeted on 22 December that the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and Biotech has arrived in Qatar.
Earlier, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani had announced via a tweet about the expected arrival date of the vaccines.
بتوجيهات من سمو الأمير المفدى تصل بعد غد أول شحنة من لقاح كوفيد19، وقد وجهت القطاع الصحي بتوفيره للجميع وفق معاييرنا الصحية. هذه خطوة مهمة على طريق احتواء الوباء وعودة الحياة لطبيعتها تدريجيا، وإذ نعبر عن فخرنا بنجاح خطتنا لمواجهة المرض نجدد شكرنا لفرقنا الطبية وكل المشاركين فيها
— خالد بن خليفة آل ثاني (@KBKAlThani) December 19, 2020
Under the directives of His Highness the Amir, the first shipment of Covid 19 vaccine will arrive day after tomorrow, and I have directed the health sector to provide it to everyone according to health protocols. This is an important step on the road to containing the pandemic and gradually returning life to normal and express our pride in the success of our plan to confront the disease, we renew our thanks to our medical teams and all those involved in it.’
Dr Abdul-Wahab Al-Musleh, Advisor to the Minister of Public Health for Sports and Emergency Affairs, had said in an interview earlier that priority will be given to the elderly and those with chronic diseases and to the frontline workers. He also added that gradually in the following months, the vaccine will reach the rest of the public.
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