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Bahrain 1st to Approve Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use

Bahrain 1st to Approve Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use

Thursday, 25 February, 2021 - 16:15
FILE PHOTO: A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Bahrain has approved Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the first country to do so, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) said on Thursday.


The country already offers citizens and residents free of charge four vaccines: The Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccine, one manufactured by Chinese state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and Russia's Sputnik V.


NHRA said the vaccine was for groups at greater risk of developing complications from COVID-19, including the elderly and people with chronic diseases.


"An in-depth study had been conducted on all documents submitted by the company, which included the results of the clinical trials conducted," NHRA CEO Mariam Al-Jalahma said.


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