COVID-19: Jordan gives green light to Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine

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Amman | Jordan has given the green light to the vaccine from the Pfizer / BioNTech alliance paving the way for vaccination in this country facing a sharp rise in cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to an official source.

The Food and Drug Administration of Jordan (JFDA) has announced that it has granted an emergency license to use Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in Jordan.

JFDA Director General Nizar Mheidat told the Jordanian News Agency (Petra) that the administration has completed all steps for the licensing, to approve and distribute the vaccine in the country.

He indicated that a study was also underway to allow the use of other vaccines manufactured by two specialized companies. Jordanian health authorities have previously reported contacts with the British laboratory AstraZeneca, and the American Johnson & Johnson.

Jordan, a country of some 10 million inhabitants, has recorded 262,477 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, including 3,407 deaths.

Health Minister Nazir Obeidat announced in November that the vaccine would be free for Jordanians and foreign residents.

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