Sinovac and Sinopharm are now authorised to be used in Saudi Arabia. Earlier, the Kingdom had approved four vaccines for use: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

Those who had completed their immunisation regimen with Sinopharm or Sinovac could be permitted into the Kingdom if they had obtained a booster shot of a vaccine that was approved in the country, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health.

“In the event of giving approval to any other vaccines, it will be announced at the time through the official channels approved by the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA),” the ministry said in a statement.

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In another development, Pakistan welcomed the decision of the Saudi government to allow direct travel from Pakistan to the Kingdom.