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Monday, May 3, 2021

Haj pilgrims to get Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines

 


Those selected to perform the Haj this season will be given the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines as they have been approved by Saudi Arabia.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said his ministry held discussions with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation on the matter.

“It was decided that all pilgrims selected to perform the Haj this year will be getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine but if the supply is insufficient, the AstraZeneca vaccine will also be used," he told a press conference after presenting donations at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital today.

Meanwhile, when asked about the standard operating procedures for umrah and Haj pilgrimages, Zulkifli (above) said the matter would be brought to the National Security Council after Saudi Arabia has made a decision on allowing the pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has yet to make any decision on the Haj and umrah pilgrimage for this season and that country only recognises the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines for Covid-19 so far.

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