Qatar looking to vaccinate all World Cup tourists

The Arabian Gulf country is in talks with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to immunize all fans visiting the country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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São Paulo – Qatar is in talks with Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to ensure all travelers attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be immunized.

“Right now there are programmes under development to provide vaccination to all the attendees of the World Cup,” foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said during a virtual conference.

Qatar is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure for the event due November of next year.

“We will be able, hopefully, to host a Covid-free event,” said Al Thani.

A second wave of Covid-19 has prompted a new lockdown in Qatar, despite an ongoing vaccination program. The country has given 1.2 million shots, enough to immunize 21.6% of its population, according to Bloomberg’s Covid-19 vaccine tracker.

Pictured at the top of this page is a healthcare worker vaccinating a man in Al-Wakrah, north of Doha.

The information is from newspaper Gulf Business.

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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