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Qatar Signs Agreement to Buy Moderna Vaccine

Qatar has signed a deal with drugmaker Moderna to buy its potential COVID-19 vaccine once it is finally approved and released for global use. While there are no internationally approved vaccines yet, several are in advanced trials, including from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

Qatar has signed a deal with drugmaker Moderna to buy its potential COVID-19 vaccine once it is finally approved and released for global use. While there are no internationally approved vaccines yet, several are in advanced trials, including from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

According to a state news agency QNA Monday report, health officials from Qatar said it has already conducted “the proper measures” to start vaccinating its population once the vaccine is approved.

“Negotiating early and securing a number of agreements enhances our chances of getting sufficient quantities of the vaccine early,” chair of a national COVID-19 health group and head of infectious diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation Abdullatif al-Khal said in a statement.

He didn’t point out how many doses Doha was requesting. Earlier this month, al-Khal said Qatar signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to supply Qatar with their vaccines.

Last month, Moderna said it was on track to produce 20 million doses of its vaccine by the end of the year, while maintaining its goal of readying 500 million to 1 billion doses in 2021.

 

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