HMC launches study to gauge public attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccine Oct 28, 2020 0 5601 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaThe Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has launched a unique research study to explore people’s attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccine.“There are varying levels of knowledge of the proposed vaccination programme, and this study will provide insight into the attitudes of Qatar’s population,” the HMC said in a statement on Tuesday.The survey, which is being led by HMC’s Mental Health Service, can be completed online in either Arabic or English and will help inform future decision making as Qatar makes plans for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine.Dr Majid al Abdulla, Chairman of HMC’s Mental Health Service, said, “This research study will enable us to gain an in-depth understanding of people’s attitudes and help shape future messaging and advocacy plans for the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines play a vital role across the world in keeping millions of people safe from potentially deadly diseases. However, there are differing views about vaccines, some of which are informed by knowledge and some of which can be influenced by misleading information and, at times, false information about the efficacy and safety of vaccines.”He added, “For this reason, it is extremely important that we have a comprehensive understanding of the way people feel and think about a COVID-19 vaccine.”“COVID-19 has impacted every single person in Qatar in some way. So, it is important that as many people as possible take the time to complete this survey, which can be done anonymously, to help us collate as much data as we can on this important topic,” said Dr Al Abdulla.Pharmaceutical companies around the world are working overtime to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 and Qatar has already signed two agreements – with Pfizer and BioNTech, and Moderna – to procure a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is released for global use.Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at HMC, said: “The launch of this study is a vital part of our strategy to ensure that, as soon as we have an approved COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar, we can offer easy access to the vaccine to the people most at risk. With Covid-19 having disrupted so many aspects of life across the world since the start of the year, finding a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine is a priority for international pharmaceutical companies and the World Health Organisation. Never before have so many resources been allocated to the development of one vaccine. Several vaccines are in the process of undergoing clinical trials and only once all necessary regulatory approvals have been given will they be approved for distribution.”“While a date for the vaccine’s availability is not yet known, Qatar is committed to working proactively with a number of companies to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society can receive the vaccine as soon as possible and life in Qatar can begin to return towards what we consider normal,” added Dr Al Khal. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Prime Minister takes part in GCC Interior Ministers’ meeting Oct 28, 2020 0 3996 50% reduction in rent for stores, barns at Al Wakra Central Market Oct 28, 2020 0 6034 No Darb Al Saai QND activities this year Oct 28, 2020 0 5612 Sheikh Saud is new chief of Amiri Diwan QNA Doha His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday issued Amiri order No 5 of 2020, appointing HE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan bin Ali Al Thani as Chief of Amiri Diwan. The law .. 274 more recover from COVID-19 Qatar on Tuesday recorded 257 COVID-19 cases -- 153 from community and 104 from travellers returning from abroad, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said in its daily report. Also, 274 people recovered from the virus in .. 4 arrested for violating home-quarantine rules QNA Doha Four persons were arrested on Tuesday for violating home-quarantine conditions imposed as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The arrests were made in implementation of the .. Qatar condemns Afghan bombing Qatar has condemned the bombing in Afghanistan’s Khost Province that left two people dead and several others injured. In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar’s firm stance on ..