Qatar agrees with “Pfizer” and “Biontech” to get a vaccine for...

Qatar agrees with “Pfizer” and “Biontech” to get a vaccine for...
Qatar agrees with “Pfizer” and “Biontech” to get a vaccine for...
direct: Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Khal, head of the National Strategic Group to Address Coronavirus Covid-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at Hamad Medical Corporation, revealed today that the Ministry of Public Health has reached an advanced stage in negotiations with a number of international pharmaceutical companies to purchase a vaccine against the Coronavirus / Covid-19 / Once released for global use.

Dr. Al-Khal said that the comprehensive strategy adopted by the State of Qatar to protect its population from the Coronavirus / Covid-19 / has proven very effective, as it led to controlling the epidemic and achieving one of the lowest death rates resulting from the virus in the world, but despite the country’s success in controlling On the spread of the virus.

Al-Khal added: “It is clear that we in the State of Qatar will continue to live with the (Covid-19) virus for some time in the future, just like other countries around the world,” according to the official news agency, “Qena.”

He pointed out that the preventive measures currently in place, such as wearing masks, leaving a sufficient distance between individuals and restrictions imposed on gatherings, represent a key factor in controlling the spread of the virus and protecting the population from the risk of this disease .. However, we will not be able to fully return to normal life. Only after an effective vaccine is available against this disease. “

Dr. Al-Khal explained that the Ministry of Public Health has reached an advanced stage in its negotiations with a number of leading international pharmaceutical companies that are working to develop a vaccine for the virus / Covid-19 / with the aim of purchasing a sufficient quantity of vaccines to ensure that every person whose condition requires access to the vaccine in Qatar, Get it as soon as possible.

He announced that the Ministry of Public Health has already signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to provide the State of Qatar with a possible (BNT162) anti-virus vaccine (BNT162), as this vaccine is still subject to clinical trials and will be distributed once obtained. All necessary regulatory approvals.

He said that it is planned to provide the vaccine by the end of this year or during the year 2021, depending on the success of clinical trials and after obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals, adding that this agreement with Pfizer and Biontech is one of the options to address this global pandemic in the country. Diameter.

Dr. Al-Khal stressed that with the approach of the period in which seasonal influenza reaches its peak every year, it is important to obtain the flu vaccine, as getting this vaccination is very important this year more than ever.

He cautioned that the population groups most vulnerable to infection with the virus / Covid-19 / and the development of severe symptoms in the event of infection, such as the elderly and people with chronic diseases, are also considered the same groups most vulnerable to the risks associated with influenza.

During the next few days, the Ministry of Public Health will launch an influenza vaccination campaign, whereby free vaccination against influenza will be provided to citizens and residents, and priority will be given to the groups most vulnerable to influenza complications from the elderly and children under five years of age, as well as people with chronic diseases regardless of Their ages.

Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Khal called on people most at risk of influenza-related vaccination to get vaccinated against it this year.

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