Bahrain covid vaccine
A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in the capital Manama. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: A batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, which was scheduled for arrival in Bahrain this month, will be delayed, the kingdom’s Health Ministry has said.

The batch will not be delivered on time and will be rescheduled, the ministry added, according to the Bahraini newspaper Al Watan. No specific time has been given.

Bahrain last month began vaccinations against COVID-19 aiming to inoculate a total of 1.5 million people including citizens and expatriates.

“This delay will not affect citizens and foreign residents who will receive the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the coming period according to scheduled appointments as the required quantity is readily available,” the ministry said.

Emergency use

Bahrain was among the first countries to have requested the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its plan to tackle the virus.

Bahrain last month became the second country in the world after the UK granting an emergency use authorisation for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19

The vaccination is available free of charge to all citizens and residents of the age of 18 years and above.