Qatar to receive first shipment of Moderna vaccine soon

  • 3 months   ago

"We hope to receive the first batch from Moderna in the coming several weeks.”

Thus said Dr Soha Al Bayat, the Head of Vaccination of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) during her live Instagram Q&A session on Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in Qatar.

“The two companies Qatar has made partnership with are Pfizer-BioNTech, which is available in Qatar at present, and Moderna," she added.

​In mid-October, MOPH announced it had signed an agreement with Moderna to procure its COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is approved and released for global use. This agreement with Moderna was on top of Qatar’s agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech.


Moderna’s announcement that its vaccine is 95 percent effective follows interim analysis of the data from a clinical trial involving 30,000 people in the United States. Half of the study participants were given two doses of the vaccine, four weeks apart, and half of the participants received placebo injections.

The preliminary analysis is based on the first 95 study participants to develop COVID-19 symptoms. From these, only five cases were in people who received the vaccine, while 90 cases were in those given the placebo.

Source: Ministry of Public Health