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COVID-19 vaccines will be available at pharmacies for free: Health Minister

Saudi Arabia will provide coronavirus vaccines in pharmacies across the Kingdom for free, local media reported, citing the Minister of Health, Tawfiq al-Rabiah.

“This step comes as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to expand its ongoing vaccination campaign and facilitate access to vaccine sites,” the minister added.

Over 100 vaccination centers have opened around the country since Saudi Arabia began its nationwide vaccination campaign on December 17, the ministry said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) recently approved the use of AstraZeneca vaccines, in addition to those from Pfizer-BioNTech, with which the Kingdom started the vaccination campaign on Dec. 17, 2020.

The SFDA is also evaluating the use of four additional COVID-19 vaccines in its efforts to expand the vaccination campaign.