Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as part of a national COVID-19 vaccination plan being implemented by the ministry of health, state news agency SPA reported on Friday.
Meanwhile more than 600 000 people in the United Kingdom have received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine since inoculations began in the country earlier this month, the British government said on Thursday.
“The government has today published figures which show the number of people who have received the vaccine between 8 December and 20 December in the UK is 616 933,” the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to roll out the vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech.
In all, Britain has ordered 40 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that he expects to receive millions of doses by the end of the year.
Vaccines have been administered to care home residents, those aged 80 and over and health and social care staff through over 500 vaccination sites, the government said.
British drug-maker AstraZeneca Plc submitted a full data package about its COVID-19 vaccine to the UK’s medicines regulator, Hancock said on Wednesday.
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Chief Executive June Raine told Reuters on Thursday the regulator started its analysis of the data and will make a decision in the “shortest time possible.”
Separately, a spokesman for the Health Department told Reuters that some staff at the Milton Keynes testing lab, the UK’s biggest, tested positive for COVID-19.