Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority has approved the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca, state news agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

The SFDA gave clearance for the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab based on data provided by the manufacturers, but will test the vaccine once they receive the shipments, SPA said.


Saudi Arabia began inoculating people in the Kingdom with a COVID-19 vaccine in December, becoming the first Arab country to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.

The Food and Drug Authority registered the vaccine in early December.

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