Dubai: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday approved the use of two different COVID-19 vaccines for the first and second doses.
The move followed approval from the Saudi National Scientific Committee for Infectious Diseases, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on its Twitter account on Wednesday.
“The approval is in accordance with international scientific studies that showed the possibility of giving two doses of two different coronavirus vaccines safely and effectively ...” the statement added.
As per the new decision, people can receive the first and second doses of two different vaccines from among the vaccines available in the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the ministry today reported 1,253 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, marking a sharp drop in the number of infections as compared to Tuesday’s figure of 1,479.
It recorded 13 more deaths due to complications caused by the virus. This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 478,135 and the virus-related fatalities to 7,716.
The ministry also recorded 1,043 recoveries over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recovered people to 459,091.