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Saudi Arabia Approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine

Saudi Arabia Approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine

Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 12:00
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Saudi Arabia's Food and Drug Authority has approved the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, state news agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

The SFDA gave clearance for the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab based on data provided by the manufacturers, but will test the vaccine once they receive the shipments, SPA said.

Saudi Arabia began inoculating people in the Kingdom with a COVID-19 vaccine in December, becoming the first Arab country to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

The Food and Drug Authority registered the vaccine in early December.

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