Bahrain Crown Prince participates in Phase 3 clinical trial for Covid-19 vaccine

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Sep 16, 2020

September 16, 2020


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Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad is participating in the country’s Phase 3 clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

In an image circulated on Twitter, Sheikh Salman was pictured wearing a face mask that read “we race as one,” while receiving an injection from a medical professional.

Bahrain began its Phase 3 clinical trials for the Sinopharm vaccine developed by China roughly three weeks ago. The health ministry said at least 6,000 volunteers are involved in the trial, headquartered at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

In a statement, the ministry said the vaccine trials are part of “ongoing efforts to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic and limit its spread through stepping up all precautionary and preventive measures to protect the health and safety of everyone.”

The inactivated Sinopharm vaccine candidate being tested in Bahrain is the same one that was recently granted emergency approval for use in UAE front-line health workers.

UAE Health Minister, Abdulrahman Al Owais, said the inactive vaccine could be used in "cases of emergency" after extensive tests involving 31,000 volunteers had shown the vaccine to be safe.

Bahrain reported 678 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 627 additional recoveries. The country's caseload stands at 61,643 with 54,831 recoveries and 213 deaths.

On Tuesday, Bahrain announced the reopening of the King Fahd causeway for all travellers, but arrivals will be required to take a coronavirus test before entering the country.

Covid-19 test stations were established along the causeway with travellers required to take a virus test for 60 Bhd (Dh584) on their way into the country. They will be expected to download the "BeAware Bahrain" app and self-isolate until a negative test result is returned.

Travellers also have the option of conducting a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure and presenting a negative test at the border.

Updated: September 16, 2020 02:56 PM

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