Dubai will start inoculating people free of charge with the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday, the government of the Emirate said, entering Saudi Arabia, which became the first Arab nation to start using this vaccine last week.
The move comes after a vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Company, Sinopharm, was rolled out to the general public by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month.
The UAE was the first country to phase out the Chinese vaccines for its citizens, saying earlier this month it has 86 per cent effectiveness, citing an interim review of late-stage clinical trials.
In a post on Twitter late on Tuesday, the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said a “extensive vaccination campaign” against Covid-19 kicks off in Dubai on Wednesday, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and is free of charge.
Qatar has also issued emergency use authorisation for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, while on Wednesday the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be received by fellow Gulf Arab state Oman.
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Kuwait said that it plans to begin obtaining the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before the end of the year.
So far from the virus, the UAE has reported 195,878 coronavirus cases and 642 deaths.