The United Arab Emirates may soon become the first country to achieve collective immunity from COVID-19, as the majority of the population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus here, Al-Arabiya TV channel reports with reference to health experts.
According to the scientific online publication Our World in Data, the UAE ranks second after Israel by rate of population vaccination against coronavirus infection. In pursuance of the latest data, up to now, more than 60% of UAE residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, more than 6 million doses of vaccines were used.
In experts’ opinion, the UAE also took all due measures to combat the pandemic in a timely manner. “When the COVID-19 vaccines were clinically tested and approved for use, the UAE was one of several countries that launched a national vaccination program,” explained Al Rahal.
At the moment, four coronavirus vaccines have been approved in the UAE – the Russian Drug Sputnik V, vaccines of the Chinese company Sinopharm, the American and German companies Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca, developed jointly with the University of Oxford.
Half of the country’s population, according to the plans, will be vaccinated by the end of March 2021, the entire population – until the fourth quarter of the current year, which will allow the country to return to normal life. The UAE residents aged 16 and over can get vaccinated in 218 medical centers and vaccination stations of the country.