A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 25, 2020 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a national vaccination plan implemented by the health ministry Photograph:( AFP )
The Saudi crown prince is among the few world leaders to have received the vaccine
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, reported Saudi state media. Saudi Arabia's Health Minister Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah extended gratitude to the Crown Prince for "keenness and continuous follow-up" to provide vaccines to citizens.
"Within the framework of Vision 2030, there is a policy of prevention is better than cure, which was represented by intensifying preventive measures, emphasising that human health is first, and providing safe and internationally approved vaccine in record time and providing it to citizens and residents. The Kingdom is one of the best countries in the world in facing the coronavirus pandemic," Al Arabiya news channel quoted al-Rabiah as saying.
Saudi Arabia received shipments of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine earlier this month.
According to the Health Ministry of the kingdom, there are 3,61,903 COVID-19 cases in the country while 352,815 cases have recovered from the illness. So far, 6,168 have died due to the COVID-19 related complications.
The Saudi crown prince is among the few world leaders to have received the vaccine.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was vaccinated on live television. Earlier this week, US President-elect Joe Biden had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
"Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible -- thank you. We owe you an awful lot," Biden had said in a tweet.
(With agency inputs)