The UAE is well ahead of schedule in its plan to vaccinate half of the population before the end of March according to a top health official.
The UAE has already doubled the number of doses offered to the public in just a week from 53,859 on Friday to 118,928 on Wednesday. And they’ve already administered 13 million Covid-19 vaccines as of yesterday.
“The target is realistic. But I think we can achieve it way earlier than the set target” Dr Walid Zaher, Chief Research Officer and Vaccine Project Leader, G42 Healthcare, told Khaleej Times.
“With the efficacy and efficiency this operation is being conducted with right now, I think we will reach the target even before the set milestone,”
The UAE is the second-most efficient when it comes to global vaccination rates, second only to Israel.
The vaccine is currently being offered for free at more than 150 health centres across the country.
Which vaccine can you get?
There are two vaccines available in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi is using the Sinopharm vaccine which was used in clinical trails on volunteers in Abu Dhabi before being approved.
The Dubai Dubai Health Authority is also using the Sinopharm vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This was the first to get approval from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on December 31, 2020.