Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: Report

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: Report

Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah, the country’s Health Minister, extended his gratitude to the Crown Prince for his “keenness and continuous follow-up” to provide vaccines to citizens.

According to state media reports, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah, the country’s Health Minister, extended his gratitude to the Crown Prince for his “keenness and continuous follow-up” to provide vaccines to citizens.

“Within the framework of Vision 2030, there is a policy of prevention is better than cure, which was represented by intensifying preventive measures, emphasising that human health is first, and providing safe and internationally approved vaccine in record time and providing it to citizens and residents,” Dr al-Rabiah was quoted as saying by Al Arabiya news channel.

The Hill reported that the development comes after Saudi Arabia received shipments of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pzifer and BioNTech earlier this month.

There are 3,61,903 COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia while 352,815 cases have recovered from the illness, according to the health ministry. 6,168 have died due to the COVID-19 related complications in the country so far.

With this, the Saudi Prince became one of the few world leaders who have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was vaccinated on live television. Earlier this week, US President-elect Joe Biden had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

“Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot,” the US President said in a tweet.


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