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King Salman of Saudi Arabia receives COVID vaccine

King Salman of Saudi Arabia, 85, has received the COVID-19 vaccine in Neom. He received the jab on Friday, 8 January – a day before Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh received their shots in the UK.

King Salman received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Friday.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health, Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, said: “Today, the King received the vaccine in order to prevent him from receiving the virus, and this initiative affirms the Kingdom’s policy is always prevention before treatment.”

He also thanked the King for getting the jab and his support of the Saudi people since the pandemic began. His son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, 35, received the vaccine at the end of December live on television in Riyadh. It is thought that the Crown Prince was the first royal to receive the vaccine.

Another child of the King, Prince Khalid bin Salman, has also received the jab.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced that she had been vaccinated against COVID-19 on 1 January.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.