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Coronavirus: Oman approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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Oman's health ministry has issued a licence to import the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech against the novel coronavirus, the sultanate's state-run TV channel said on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Oman confirmed it will exempt nationals of 103 counties from needing an entry visa for a stay of up to 10 days, in a move to support tourism and shore up its struggling economy.

Visitors must have a confirmed hotel reservation, health insurance and a return ticket, Royal Oman Police said on its Twitter account.

The Gulf state resumed international flights on October 1, but only citizens and people holding valid existing residency and work visas could enter.

Oman, rated sub-investment grade by all major credit rating agencies, faces a widening deficit and large debt maturities in coming few years. It has recently embarked on a new fiscal plan to wean itself off its dependence on oil revenues.

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