Coronavirus: UAE vaccinates 108,401 against COVID-19 in 24 hours

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The UAE vaccinated 108,401 people against the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday.

The ministry said the latest round of vaccination was in line with the government's plan to vaccinate more than 50 percent of the population against COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported.

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The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said the UAE has delivered 108,401 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours, to reach 1,275,652 as a total number of doses and with a rate of 12.9 doses per 100 people as vaccine distribution.

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, also announced on Tuesday opening two vaccination centers in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai.

"The Sinopharm CNBG COVID-19 vaccine will also be administered within select SEHA facilities, including 35 Ambulatory Health Services (AHS) facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, 6 hospitals in the Al Dhafra region, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, SEHA’s National Screening Centre in Mina Rashid and Khawaneej in Dubai city, and existent screening centre in industrial areas, with an overall capacity of 150,000," state news agency WAM reported.

The UAE had announced in December opening several locations where residents and nationals could receive the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily. Initially launched in the capital Abu Dhabi, the campaign was extended to include all of the country's emirates. Dubai began on December 23 the free vaccination campaign using Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.

Meanwhile, the number of newly detected cases of coronavirus infection rose sharpy on Tuesday to 3,243 new cases.

The UAE's COVID-19 tally stood on Tuesday at 236,225 confirmed cases, 210,561 recovered patients, and 717 deaths, according to NCEMA.

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