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Saudi crown prince gets Covid-19 vaccine shot

Mohammed bin Salman received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday [SPA]

Date of publication: 26 December, 2020

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received on Friday the country's first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in line with the ministry of health's national rollout plan.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, local media reported.

Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, also known as MbS, was given the vaccine as part of the Saudi health ministry's national Covid-19 vaccination plan.

Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah thanked the crown prince for his "keenness" to take the jab, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia began the largest vaccination campaign against Covid-19 on December 17, with Rabiah himself becoming the first citizen to receive the vaccine.

Residents in the kingdom began to receive the vaccine free of charge.

"We will have vaccine centres in all regions of the kingdom," Rabiah said. "We are keen to make the vaccine safe and provide doses against coronavirus for everyone."

Prince Badr Bin Farhan, the country's minister of culture, also took the jab on Friday.

The kingdom recorded 178 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number to 361,903, including 2,920 active cases undergoing treatment.

According to data collated by Johns Hopkins university, 6,159 people have died of Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia.

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