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Qatar seeks 1m COVID-19 jabs for world cup fans

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QATAR’S Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani has announced Doha is seeking to provide one million doses of coronavirus vaccine to fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country.

  The Gulf nation has been slowly opening up as it continues with its mass vaccination programme.

  Speaking to the media, Sheikh Khalid said chances were that some countries might not achieve the target of having its citizens vaccinated.

  “There is the possibility that some countries will not be able to vaccinate all their citizens. Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without being fully vaccinated against the virus,” he said.

  Adding, “That is why we are currently in negotiations with one of the companies to provide one million” doses of vaccine,” he stated without naming any firm.

  “Our main goal in vaccinating some of those coming to Qatar to attend the World Cup is to protect the public health of citizens and residents.”

  Sheikh Khalid also said that approximately 72 per cent of Qatar’s 2.75 million population will have received at least one dose of vaccine within the next week.

  According to the Qatar’s foreign minister, Doha was in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the World Cup are inoculated.

  Meanwhile, Qatar has so far recorded 220,800 coronavirus cases, including 583 deaths.

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