The United Arab Emirates has vaccinated 887,697 people – nearly 10 percent of its population – since it first launched the inoculation campaign in December, the official WAM News Agency reported.
In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plan to provide the vaccine to more than 50% of the country's population, the Ministry announced that a total of 61,396 doses we given in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of the doses that were provided today 887,697.— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) January 7, 2021
The Chinese Sinopharm vaccine was first approved for use in the country after it showed 86 percent efficacy in trials that included 31,000 participants in the UAE, according to regulators.
On December 24, Dubai authorities announced the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in the emirate. It is available for free for all residents and nationals living in Dubai with the first phase of rollout including only the elderly and people with preexisting conditions.
The UAE has seen a drastic spike in new COVID-19 infections with nearly 3,000 new cases reported in a single day on Thursday. However, the death toll remains low with 694 deaths reported as of January 7. Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries has reached 199,178.