The head of the National Strategic Group to Address Corona in Qatar, Abdul Latif Al-Khal, said that the Ministry of Health is making great efforts to try to obtain the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, and to gain precedence in this through contracts concluded with the producing companies.
He added – in an interview with Qatar TV – that the indicators in this regard are very good, and that one of the companies that the Ministry of Health has concluded an agreement with is the US company Pfizer.
Al-Khal indicated that the Pfizer vaccine could very well be approved by the end of October or next November by the official authorities that approve medicines and vaccines.
The Qatari official explained that if the vaccine is approved based on the results of clinical trials that are now being conducted on 44 thousand people in a number of countries of the world, and if it proves its effectiveness and safety, it will be approved and exported to several countries, including Qatar.
He pointed out that Pfizer will produce 100 million doses of its vaccine this year, and that it will produce one billion doses in 2021, and the doses will be quotaed at the beginning, but Qatar will buy the vaccine from several parties in order to provide it as soon as possible and in the largest amount possible.
Al-Khal affirmed that the State of Qatar “will provide vaccinations to the country’s residents free of charge, because this is important for individual and public health and society.”
As of Monday, the total number of HIV infections in Qatar had reached 126,692; Of these, 216 deaths, and the number of people recovered reached 123,664.