By far, the UAE has one of the most successful Covid-19 vaccination programmes in the world. Moreover, the country has administered the jab to more than 65% of its population already. And if this was not enough, it is also on the road to manufacturing its own coronavirus vaccine, the Hayat-Vax. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the Emirates has ranked eighth in the world on Bloomberg’s Covid-19 Resilience Ranking, and secured first place in the Arab world. Saif Al Dhaheri, official spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management, revealed that the UAE has achieved 69.7 points on the general index, reported Khaleej Times.
“It’s among the top 10 countries ahead of China, Finland, Denmark, Canada and Switzerland. The UAE managed to reach this advanced position regionally and globally, thanks to the preventive measures it took since the beginning of the crisis, as it dealt with the pandemic effectively, while not disrupting business and societal affairs,” Al Dhaheri said.
Currently, four vaccines including Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca are available in the UAE. Speaking about the same, the official stated, The UAE provides vaccination free, and it is optional for all citizens and residents who wish to do. It can be taken provided there are no pre-existing health conditions, or symptoms that prevent vaccination after a specialist doctor’s assessment.” He noted that the total number of Covid-19 inoculations has reached 10,336,224 at a distribution rate of 104.51 doses per 100 people. “The success of the campaign is an indication of the strength of the medical and health system,” Al Dhaheri added. “Availability of vaccines is a key achievement in the UAE’s battle against the pandemic. It’s available to all for free in all centres operating at maximum capacity, which requires all to cooperate and start getting vaccines to reach acquired immunity due to vaccination,” he concluded.