Saudi Arabia approves AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine: State TV reports

Saudi Arabia’s food and drug administration approved the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, state TV reported.

Health authorities will begin administering the vaccine across the country, reported state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The approval was given based on data shared by the manufacturers, but the SFDA will additionally analyze samples from each incoming vaccine shipment before using it.

Other Gulf Cooperation Council countries including the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain have already approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine too.

In addition to the PFizer vaccine, Saudi has also approved the use of Moderna.

In January, the kingdom said that it would reschedule the appointments for those who registered to receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, due to “the delay of the producing company in supplying the vaccine to the kingdom.”

Saudi Arabia has reported over 374,000 COVID infections since the start of the pandemic.

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