Bahrain among leading countries in fighting against COVID-19: capital governor

Bahrain is among the leading countries in fighting against COVID-19 by mass testing and vaccination, with the capital Manama recognized last month as a “Healthy City” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), said Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.

Bahrain has made swift and clear decisions while combating the pandemic, approving six types of vaccines for citizens and residents free of charge, Shaikh Hisham said in an interview with Xinhua.

He added that 7,700 volunteers in Bahrain participated in the successful phase III clinical trial for the Sinopharm vaccines.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Hisham noted the vaccine rollout in Bahrain was “efficient and successful” thanks to applying vaccines in the early stage of the pandemic.

“We have administered 2,154,001 vaccine doses, or 143 doses per 100 people, which marks the third highest rate of vaccination globally,” he said.

However, he stressed not to let the guard down especially the moment when the Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing havoc in some countries.

“Bahrain has expanded the vaccination rollout to provide booster shots for frontline workers, the most vulnerable, and those aged between 12 and 17,” Shaikh Hisham said, adding the confirmed cases in Bahrain have continued to fall in recent weeks and the trend is expected to continue.

“The COVID-19 is a global challenge. Bahrain will continue to cooperate closely with other countries, including China, on information sharing, best practice and equitable vaccine distribution, to fight the pandemic,” he said.

Shaikh Hisham also mentioned the WHO accreditation last month of Manama as a “Healthy City”. He deemed it as the culmination of the partnership between the Capital Governorate, government agencies, civil society institutions, private sector, and citizens towards creating healthy, equitable, and sustainable cities.

“It showcases Bahrain’s ongoing strive and investment to improve the health infrastructure, urban development, and its citizens’ quality of life at various levels,” Shaikh Hisham added.

In order to gain the “Healthy City” title, Manama managed to complete all the 80 criteria steps necessary on WHO’s checklist, which includes water, sanitation, food safety, air pollution, green spaces, volunteer campaigns, empowering women and health development, among others.

“We have administered 2,154,001 vaccine doses, or 143 doses per 100 people, which marks the third highest rate of vaccination globally,” he said.

However, he stressed not to let the guard down especially the moment when the Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing havoc in some countries.

“Bahrain has expanded the vaccination rollout to provide booster shots for frontline workers, the most vulnerable, and those aged between 12 and 17,” Shaikh Hisham said, adding the confirmed cases in Bahrain have continued to fall in recent weeks and the trend is expected to continue.

“The COVID-19 is a global challenge. Bahrain will continue to cooperate closely with other countries, including China, on information sharing, best practice and equitable vaccine distribution, to fight the pandemic,” he said.

Shaikh Hisham also mentioned the WHO accreditation last month of Manama as a “Healthy City”. He deemed it as the culmination of the partnership between the Capital Governorate, government agencies, civil society institutions, private sector, and citizens towards creating healthy, equitable, and sustainable cities.

“It showcases Bahrain’s ongoing strive and investment to improve the health infrastructure, urban development, and its citizens’ quality of life at various levels,” Shaikh Hisham added.

In order to gain the “Healthy City” title, Manama managed to complete all the 80 criteria steps necessary on WHO’s checklist, which includes water, sanitation, food safety, air pollution, green spaces, volunteer campaigns, empowering women and health development, among others.