The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdullah Asiri said, “The efforts devoted to developing the vaccine are among the most important efforts, and we expect that before the end of the year there will be at least two or three vaccines that have received approval for emergency use worldwide.”
He explained in an interview with the Saudi Channel that “the Kingdom has signed a contract to obtain any vaccine that succeeds in the final tests,” indicating that there is a direct contract between Saudi Arabia and the promising companies whose vaccines have reached an advanced level of clinical trials.
Dr. Asiri stated that “distributing vaccines and delivering them to people takes several months,” stressing: “We cannot say that the vaccine actually began to affect the course of the pandemic until about mid-2021, if things continue with the same success that we are currently witnessing.
He added, “In order for the vaccine to affect the course of the epidemic, the vaccine must reach a large number of people and actually get it on the ground.”
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