| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

Bahrain approves third booster shot of Sputnik V vaccine

The use of booster dose of the Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine has been allowed by Bahraini authorities, marking the first time the Russian vaccine has been approved for third dose, according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.
According to the news agency, the booster shot was approved for use among all over-18s at least six months after receiving their second dosage of the Sputnik vaccination.

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

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.

  • Reuters