Jordan expects 1m doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Cairo: Jordan is set to take delivery of 1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, the kingdom’s health Minister Nazir Obeidat has said.

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“One million doses will arrive in Jordan from Pfizer, but in batches,” he told Roya TV.

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The first batch of the vaccine will arrive in the kingdom next month or in early February, he added.

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The vaccination will be provided for free for Jordanians and foreign residents.

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Last week, Jordan opened registration for receiving the vaccine against COVID-19. However, priority will be given to health care workers, sufferers of chronic diseases and people aged above 60s.

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Around 40,000 people have registered so far to receive vaccination, according to Obeidat.

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He ruled out return to normal life in one go.

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“Easing restrictions against coronavirus, when taken, will be gradual and studied,” the official said.

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On Sunday, Jordan confirmed two cases of a new strain of the coronavirus in a man and his wife coming from Britain.

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Jordan, a country of around 10.7 million, so far has registered a tally of 289,748 virus cases and 3,778 related fatalities.

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