Bahrain approves third booster shot of Sputnik V vaccine

Bahrain approves third booster shot of Sputnik V vaccine
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05 September, 2021
Bahraini authorities have authorised the use of a booster dose of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
Bahrain has approved a third dose of the Sputnik V vaccine [Getty]

Bahraini authorities have authorised the use of a booster dose of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, the first time the Russian shot has been approved for a third dose, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said on Saturday.

The booster shot was approved for use among all over-18s at least six months after receiving their second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine, the news agency reported.

Bahrain and fellow Gulf state and the United Arab Emirates have already approved third booster shots using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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The small island nation's Covid-19 infections are decreasing, currently at 3% of their peak with 95 new infections reported on average each day, according to the Reuters Covid-19 Tracker.

There have been 272,709 infections and 1,388 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Bahrain, which has a population of roughly 1.7 million according to the World Bank.

So far nearly 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, enough to inoculate about 76% of the population, assuming each person needs two doses.