According to state news agency SPA, the cabinet declared on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia would be among the first countries that receive a vaccine against the coronavirus.
Acting Minister of Media, Dr. Majed bin Abdullah al-Qassabi, during a virtual cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz related that the Kingdom will be among the first countries to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 after ensuring its effectiveness and safety.
The Ministry of Health said a day earlier that the Kingdom would make coronavirus vaccines available for free for everyone residing in Saudi Arabia.
State television Al-Ekhbariya TV cited the Ministry of Health what he said: The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone in Saudi Arabia for Free… We hope to have enough vaccines to cover 70 percent of the country’s population by the end of 2021.
On his part, Ministry of Health spokesperson, Mohammed Abdelali, stated in the daily coronavirus press conference: Any vaccine must be safe, effective and approved by the relevant authorities.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus vaccine reached 355,741 confirmed cases, 344,311 recovered patients and 5,811 deaths. Indeed, the competition to producing a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus has given many first candidates.
Earlier this month, Pfizer and Moderna had both declared successful COVID-19 vaccine candidates, and each have efficacy more than 90 percent. Russia also declared on November 9 that its coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V was effective more than 90 percent. Besides, AstraZeneca said on Monday that its vaccine, developed by Oxford University, was effective for 90 percent in inhibiting COVID-19.