After UK, Bahrain approves emergency use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

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New Delhi : After United Kingdom, Bahrain became the second country to allow emergency use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on critical patients. In an official statement, the Gulf Arab state said it had also approved Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine in November for use by frontline workers.

“The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a further important layer to the Kingdom’s national COVID-19 response,” Dr Mariam Al Jalahma, CEO of Bahrain’s National Health Regulatory Authority said in a statement.

The development comes after UK allowed the same this week.

Interestingly, UK has become the first nation to allow Pfizer for emergency use, making way for mass vaccination as early as next week.

The British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the jab, which claims to offer up to 95 per cent protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out.

Meanwhile, the authorities have assured that in the fast pace decision process no compromise has been made on the standards.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the fantastic news and confirmed that the vaccine will begin to be made available from next week.