Dubai gets fresh supplies of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

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Dubai has received fresh supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, officials said on Tuesday.

Dubai Health Authority distributed the new batch across DHA health centres, which are dedicated to administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

It did not reveal how many doses were available.

The DHA’s vaccination campaign is currently targeting Emirati and resident elders, people with chronic disease who have a valid Dubai visa, frontliners and vital sector workers in both the public and private sector.

Dr Farida Al Khaja, chief executive of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector and Chairperson of the Covid-19 Vaccination Steering Committee, said priority will be given to elders who are above 60-years-old.

As with other countries, UAE was affected by the global shortage of the US-German made vaccines.

Authorities have also approved Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm – the most widely used – and Russia’s Sputnik V for emergency use only.

Last month, 200,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca arrived in Dubai on a flight from India. The batch was enough for 100,000 people.

In December, Sinopharm said an initial batch of three million doses had been delivered to the UAE to date, with further deliveries expected.

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Updated: February 16, 2021 04:43 PM