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Pfizer Delays Jan. Vaccine Delivery to Bahrain

Pfizer Delays Jan. Vaccine Delivery to Bahrain

Saturday, 16 January, 2021 - 08:15
A nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in London, UK. AP file photo

A January shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Bahrain will not arrive on time, the ministry of health said on Saturday, but second doses of the jab already scheduled will not be affected.

"The delay ... will not affect citizens and residents receiving the second dose of the vaccine over the upcoming period, according to current scheduled dates and the availability of the needed quantity for them," the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency BNA.

Bahrain offers its citizens free of charge either the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or one manufactured by Chinese state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm.

US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer this week said there would be a temporary impact on shipments in late January to early February caused by changes to manufacturing processes to boost production.

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