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China’s COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Health Minister Tawfig al-Rabiah
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China’s COVID-19 vaccines, created by Sinopharm and Sinovac, have been authorized by Saudi Arabia for the first time.

There are six Coronavirus vaccinations that have been licensed by the Saudi Health Ministry, according to an official announcement. The vaccines are manufactured by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac, and are available in the kingdom.

Moreover, if any alternative COVID-19 vaccine is approved, it will be published through official means approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) as well as the Saudi Ministry of Health, according to the statement.

The Saudi government is also considering recognizing the COVID-19 vaccination certificates of those who have been vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac, provided that they have also gotten a booster dose of one of the other licensed vaccines in the Kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The decision will facilitate the return to the Kingdom of thousands of foreign employees who have got the aforementioned Chinese immunizations in their home countries.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia opened the door to fully vaccinated residents traveling directly to the Kingdom from countries that were previously barred from entering the country, including as Pakistan, and Iran.

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