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Saudi Arabia’s health authorities launched the second phase of the coronavirus vaccination campaign on February 18, giving more categories of people the first dose of the vaccine, widening the reach of vaccination availability across the Kingdom and increasing accessibility with more daily appointments. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has launched drive-thru coronavirus vaccination stations in Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Abha, the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The Kingdom has already administered over 780,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Saudi Arabia’s health authorities launched the second phase of the coronavirus vaccination campaign on February 18, giving more categories of people the first dose of the vaccine, widening the reach of vaccination availability across the Kingdom and increasing accessibility with more daily appointments.

The Kingdom’s Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) approved the Pfizer/BioNtech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines against COVID-19.

The Saudi National Committee for Infectious Diseases approved giving only one dose to individuals who have previously been infected with the virus, given six months after recovery as a “booster natural immunity.”

The country’s coronavirus tally stood at 377,700 confirmed cases, 368,640 recovered patients and 6,500 deaths as of Monday.