Dubai expects to inoculate 70% of the populace with the Pfizer vaccine
In a campaign free of charge for civilians and residents, Dubai plans to inoculate 70 percent of its population with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine and BioNTech vaccine by the end of 2021, a health official said.
Last week, the United Arab Emirates financial center started the first phase of the vaccine program targeting “priority groups” including those aged 60 and over, individuals with serious medical problems, persons with disabilities, and frontline staff.
Dubai preceded Saudi Arabia, which became the first Arab country to use the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month, in comparison to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
By the end of 2021, we are planning to vaccinate approximately 70% of Dubai’s population. We want to attain the needed herd immunity. “We are targeting to vaccinate approximately 70 percent of the population of Dubai by the end of 2021”.
A second process, Khaja said, would start in April and would be open to all people and residents.
The coronavirus epidemic, which hurt its main tourism, real estate and trade industries, struck Dubai. It had a population of over 3.3 million in 2019, hard.
Pfizer vaccine is a huge step towards eliminating the virus
The Pfizer-BioNTech shot for emergency use has been registered by the UAE health ministry. None of the other emirates has so far announced plans to phase out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. For which data have shown 95% effectiveness.
The UAE was also the first country to carry out the Sinopharm vaccine to the public outside China. It said that it had 86% effectiveness earlier this month. Citing a study of an interim examination of late-stage clinical trials.
31,000 volunteers from 125 nationalities were participating in the phase III clinical trials in the UAE.
Neither the UAE nor Sinopharm have reported the study’s comprehensive results. The UAE statement did not show what, if any, side effects it found, how many people got sick or how many volunteers were given the vaccine or a placebo.
The Sinopharm vaccine is now open to anyone living in the UAE who wants to obtain it, including at a federal government-installed field hospital in Dubai.
The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was for Emaad Alvi. He’s a senior at Cornell University who is also a resident of Dubai.