Bahrain’s King, Hamad al-Khalifa becomes first leader to receives covid-19 vaccine
London, Dec. 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has become the first leader in the world to be injected with COVID-19 vaccine, according to an official statement from the Bahrain News Agency.
“God has endowed Bahrain with a society with a high level of awareness and keenness to adhere to all precautionary measures and directives issued by the national medical taskforce to combat the coronavirus, which had a great impact on the Kingdom’s ability to limit its spread within the community,” the King said.
Bahrain last week announced plans to give the public free coronavirus vaccines.
The island nation of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, made the vaccine pledge in an announcement published late Thursday by its state-run Bahrain News Agency.
“A safe vaccine will be provided free of charge to all citizens and residents within the kingdom,” the statement said, without elaborating on which vaccine it would offer.
A week ago, Bahrain said it had become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization to the Pfizer vaccine after the United Kingdom
US President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that he will receive a Covid-19 vaccination in a public setting and that top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has recommended it be “sooner than later”.
The Queen of England is expected to get the Covid-19 vaccine in a matter of weeks, it has been reported.
Prince Charles, 72, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, are also considering letting the public know when they’ve received the jab, the Sunday Times added.