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MOH Spokesman: One Vaccine Dose Not Enough for Protection Against Delta Variant
15 August 2021

The MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammed Al-Abdulaali, said that the pandemic curve in the Kingdom is on the rise. Moreover, a noticeable decline is seen in the number of COVID-19 cases. On the other hand, the Delta variant is currently the most prevalent in the world, and is the most worrisome of all the COVID-19 mutations due to its rapid spread. Furthermore, taking only one dose of the vaccine is not enough against the delta variant. Two doses are necessary to ensure protection from its complications. 

Dr. Al-Abdulaali mentioned that the Delta variant is already present in the Kingdom. MOH closely watches all mutants through the gene sequence. The Kingdom has gone through critical stages during the pandemic and has managed to avoid repeated waves of previous variants of the virus. Furthermore, 60% of the cases infected with the virus are women. In addition, the MOH spokesman urged everyone to take the second dose of the vaccine for their safety and to prevent complications of the delta variant.

Regarding updates on the COVID-19 vaccine in the Kingdom, the total number of doses given at various vaccine centers in the Kingdom is estimated to be 31,785,117. More than 587 centers have provided the vaccine.

Al-Abdulaali revealed that 542 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total to 538,525. These include 7,063 active cases, still receiving medical care. Their health status is mostly stable, with the exception of 1,356 critical cases.

The MOH spokesman made this statement in the COVID-19 briefing held on Sunday. Dr. Al-Abdulaali also mentioned that 1,041 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, bringing the total number of recoveries to 523,050 to date. And 13 new mortalities were reported, bringing the total mortalities to 8,412.

Last Update : 16 August 2021 03:31 AM
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