Qatar's Ministry of Public Health approved on Sunday the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

Iran PressMiddle East: Qatar is due to receive the first shipment of the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech on Monday, Qatar state news agency QNA reported on Twitter.

Europe’s medicines regulator will on Monday assess the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by U.S. company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, with a green light to put Europe on course to start inoculations within a week.

European Union countries including Germany, Austria, and Italy have said they plan to start vaccinations from Dec. 27 as Europe tries to catch up with the United States and Britain where the roll-out began earlier this month.

If clearance is granted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the final hurdle is approval by the European Commission which is expected to follow on Wednesday.