Dubai will start inoculating people with the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech for free from Wednesday, the emirate’s government said, joining Saudi Arabia which last week became the first Arab country to begin using this vaccine.
The move comes after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month rolled out a vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group, Sinopharm, to the general public.
The UAE was the first country to roll out the Chinese vaccines for its population, saying earlier this month it has 86 per cent efficacy, citing an interim analysis of late-stage clinical trials.
Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said in a statement on Twitter late on Tuesday an “extensive vaccination campaign” against Covid-19 kicks off in Dubai on Wednesday, using Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine and is free of charge.
🚨Important #covid19 vaccine news for Dubai 🚨
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorised for use – Govt will start a “wide and free vaccination campaign” on Wednesday
It is the 2nd vaccine to be made available in the UAE – the #Sinopharm vaccine was approved last month
— Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) December 22, 2020
Qatar has also granted emergency use authorisation for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, while fellow Gulf Arab state Oman will receive its first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipment on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia last week became the first Arab country to start inoculating people with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
Kuwait has said it expects to start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before the end of the year.
The UAE has recorded 195,878 coronavirus cases and 642 deaths so far from the virus.
Reuters with additional input by GVS News Desk