Oman’s health minister on Monday said the country is set to receive 100,00 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine within one week, according local media reports.
Over 27,000 people have received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 7,992 received the second dose, the Times of Oman reported, citing Oman’s Ministry of Health.
“The Sultanate will not import any medicine without ensuring that the medicine is safe, and the Sultanate is in compliance with health standards and requirements,” the Times of Oman quoted Ahmed bin Mohammad Al Saidi, Oman’s Minister of Health, as saying.
“The lives of [Oman’s] citizens are the most important,” he added.
The Gulf country on Sunday extended the closure of its land borders for another week until Feb. 1, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a decision by the Gulf state’s coronavirus emergency committee, state news agency ONA reported.
Last month, Oman launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with the sultanate’s health minister receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The government also announced on Sunday it will bar expatriates from certain jobs in an effort to create more employment opportunities for its citizens amid an economic downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Neighboring Gulf country Saudi Arabia is set to receive 3 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses priced at $5.25 each in about one week from the Serum Institute of India (SII), the British drugmaker’s chief executive told Reuters on Monday.
- With agencies.
Coronavirus: More than 270,000 expatriate workers left Oman this yearOman’s expatriate worker population fell by more than 270,000, or nearly 16 percent, from the end of 2019 to November 2020, data from the National ... Economy
Oman plans $5.7 bln budget deficit in 2021, to be plugged through borrowingsOman expects to have a 2021 budget deficit of about 2.2 billion rials ($5.7 billion), and plans to borrow from domestic and international markets to ... Economy
Oman expected to add $779 million in revenue from VAT this yearThe implementation of a 5% value-added tax in Oman this year is seen bringing in 300 million rials ($779 million), the Oman News Agency reported ... Gulf