The first vaccine batch from Moderna will arrive in Doha in 10 days, a top public health department official said.
Qatar , Qatar
30 January 2021, 12:00 AM
06 February 2021, 12:00 AM
Qatar expects to receive the first delivery of Moderna vaccines in the next 10 days, announced Dr Hamad al-Romaihi, director of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control at the Public Health Department and co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparation Committee.
"While this will be a very limited quantity, this is an encouraging development and we can expect regular, larger deliveries of both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to arrive from early March," he added.
Qatar has deals with both the vaccine makers to bring their doses to the Qatar.
Shipments from Pfizer and BioNtech will arrive in Qatar on a weekly basis throughout the month of February, he added. "From March onwards we will have significantly greater quantities of vaccines available to us and be able to greatly expand our output."
"Our strategy for the COVID vaccination campaign — the biggest vaccination campaign ever to be delivered in Qatar — is made up of four phases throughout 2021. Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Public Health and key government partners have been closely working with several leading pharmaceutical companies around the world who were in advanced stages of developing vaccines against COVID-19," he added.