The Hayatana programme on Qatar Television conducted an interview With Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Khal at 7 pm today to talk about the second phase of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar. Dr. Al-Khal is the Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation. In his interview with Qatar Television, Dr. Al Khal said the following:
Vaccines have proven to be effective, and Qatar has been keen from the beginning to provide the best types of vaccines in the world in sufficient quantities for the entire population of Qatar. Three weeks after the first phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the indicators and numbers of COVID-19 in Qatar show that we are moving in the right direction in controlling the spread of the virus. We are on our way to winning the battle against the COVID-19 virus.
The vaccinations that are used in Qatar, Pfizer and Moderna are among the best in the world. Vaccinating most of the population against COVID-19 means that between 80 and 90% are vaccinated because the newly mutated viruses are more contagious than the previous ones.
The advantages in the second phase of lifting restrictions will be greater for those who received the vaccination and those who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection.
The entry of unvaccinated people into closed places may expose them to infection with the virus. The reason for not giving them benefits at the present time is to protect them from the coronavirus. We hope, that through vaccination, we will reach the stage where COVID-19 is very limited in Qatar and does not pose a threat to public health.
The COVID-19 vaccines are very safe, and the side effects are generally very mild and not dangerous. The incidence of allergic reactions with the first dose of vaccines ranges between 4 to 10 per million doses. These are very rare cases.
Source: Qatar Television
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