Qatar will receive its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines by the year-end or in early 2021, if Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine gets necessary regulatory approval, a senior health official said.
The Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of National Health Strategic Group said “We have been working with Pfizer and BioNTech since summer and they are confident that if their vaccine gets the necessary regulatory approval, Qatar will be able to receive an initial quantity of vaccines by the end of this year or very early in 2021.”
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said the announcement by Pfizer and BioNtech very promising and it shows that great progress is being made on the development and testing of a safe, effective vaccine for Covid-19.
“Pfizer and BioNtech stated that preliminary analysis on their vaccine shows it can prevent more than 90 percent of people from getting COVID-19 which is better than we hoped for or expected. This news gives us good reason to be optimistic that life can return towards normal sooner rather than later, but it is important to note that these are the initial results of the study and additional results of the ongoing clinical trials is required to confirm the vaccine’s effectiveness,” the statement said.