Pfizer delays January vaccine delivery to Bahrain

16 Jan 2021; MEMO: A January shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the Gulf state of Bahrain will not arrive on time, the ministry of health said on Saturday, but second doses of the jab already scheduled will not be affected, reports Reuters.

The small island state of Bahrain has the third-highest rate of vaccinations per capita in the world so far, according to the Our World in Data website, which is run by an Oxford University research programme.

Gulf ministers to discuss steps to resolve Qatar dispute

27 Dec 2020; MEMO: Gulf Arab foreign ministers will hold a virtual meeting hosted by Bahrain on Sunday ahead of an annual summit to discuss steps towards ending a diplomatic row that has undermined regional stability and thwarted Washington's efforts to form a united front against Iran, reports Reuters.

Bahrain approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for use

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain said Sunday it approved the use of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, following its earlier approval of a vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

Separately, Kuwait has granted emergency use for the Pfizer vaccine.

Bahrain’s state-run news agency said the Sinopharm vaccine would be available in the island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf.

Bahrain's industry minister meets Israeli delegation

26 Nov 2020; MEMO: Bahrain's industry minister on Wednesday met with the chairman of Israel's trade promotion agency and the chief executive of Israel's largest bank Hapoalim, Reuters reports.

The Gulf kingdom's state news agency reported Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani met with International Cooperation Institute Chairman Adiv Baruch and other members of a visiting Israeli trade delegation.

Bahrain delegation heads to Israel on Gulf Air flight

18 Nov 2020; MEMO: Bahrain's first official government delegation to Israel set off on Wednesday on the first Gulf Air commercial flight to Tel Aviv, as the two countries look to broaden cooperation after establishing formal ties in September in a US-brokered accord.

Gulf Air flight GF972 – a reference to Israel's telephone country code – took off from Manama airport in the morning bound for Tel Aviv, according to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

Bahrain prime minister has died, royal palace says

11 Nov 2020; MEMO: Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa has died, the royal palace announced on Wednesday on Twitter.

Sheikh Khalifa passed away on Wednesday morning at Mayo Clinic hospital in the United States, Bahrain's state news agency said.

The burial ceremony will take place upon the repatriation of his body and the funeral will be limited to a specific number of relatives, the statement said.

Official mourning has been declared for a week.

Bahrain convicts 51 people over ‘Iran links’

05 Nov 2020; MEMO: The Bahrain High Criminal Court has convicted 51 people on charges of belonging to an “unnamed” militant group.

Bahrain claimed the convicts received orders as well as weapons from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to target “vital economic installations, security patrol sites, the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior and the Bahrain Defence Force”.

Bahrain, Israel Sign Deal To Establish Diplomatic Relations

MANAMA, Oct 19 (NNN-BNA) – A high-level U.S.-Israeli delegation arrived in Manama, capital of Bahrain, yesterday, to sign a deal to advance full diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain.

The joint delegation includes Israel’s National Security Council head, Meir Ben-Shabbat and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin.

They were welcomed at Bahrain International Airport by Bahraini Foreign Minister, Abdullatif Al Zayani.

Israel sends treaty delegation to Bahrain with Trump aides

MANAMA (Reuters) - An Israeli delegation accompanied by the U.S. treasury secretary arrived in Bahrain on Sunday to formalise nascent relations and broaden Gulf cooperation that Washington has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark and potential economic bonanza.

Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in agreeing last month to normalise ties with Israel, stunning Palestinians who had demanded statehood before any such regional rapprochement.

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