UAE administers 5.5m doses of Covid-19 vaccine

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The UAE has administered 5.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, health authorities said on Sunday.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said a further 951 doses of the vaccine were given in the past 24 hours, moving it closer to achieving herd immunity for the country’s 10 million citizens and residents.

Daily doses have decreased in recent weeks from tens of thousands a day, after authorities said they would prioritise the elderly and other at-risk groups.

A target of immunising at least 50 per cent of the country’s population by the end of March has been achieved.

The announcement came as a new batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was delivered to Dubai.

The new shipment will be distributed across Dubai Health Authority medical centres dedicated to administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

A shipment containing A shipment containing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations is unloaded at Dubai International Airport. Reuters / Abdel Hadi Ramahi
A shipment containing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations is unloaded at Dubai International Airport. Abdel Hadi Ramahi / Reuters

The authority’s vaccination campaign is currently focusing on Emiratis and elderly residents, people with chronic diseases who have a valid Dubai visa, frontline and vital workers in both the public and private sector.

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

The country reported 2,250 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday – the lowest number recorded on any day this month.

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Officials also announced 3,684 new recoveries, exceeding the number of new cases by more than 1,400.

There are now 9,603 active cases in the UAE – the first time this number has fallen below 10,000 since the beginning of the year.

Updated: February 21, 2021 05:43 PM