Oman launches national COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Dubai: Oman has launched a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with the sultanate’s health minister receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, local media reported.

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State-run media reported that the first batch of 15,600 doses was flown in industrial freezers to Muscat International Airport last week to vaccinate a priority group of older adults, health care workers and those with underlying health conditions starting on Sunday.

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More doses next month

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Another 28,000 doses of the vaccine by American drug maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are expected to arrive next month.

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Oman says it aims to vaccinate 60 percent of its roughly 5 million people. The Health Ministry said the initial phase of the vaccination campaign would cover 20 percent of the population due to temporarily limited supply.

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The virus outbreak in Oman has infected over 128,000 people and killed more than 1,400. The country closed all official points of entry last week over fears of the fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus

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