Countries world over seem to be going neck-to-neck with Covid-19 vaccinations. Working towards a world free from the deadly coronavirus, governments have been making all the effort to ensure citizens receive jabs soon enough. According to TV channel Al-Arabiya, the United Arab Emirates is soon going to be one of the first countries in the world to vaccinate most of its population against the coronavirus. “With the dedicated effort of the UAE government to combat the pandemic – for which we are truly thankful for, and the willingness of the general public to support the programs led by the government, UAE may soon be the first country to vaccinate its entire population and hence, reach herd immunity,” specialist in emergency medicine at Bareen International Hospital Fouad Al-Rahal told Al-Arabiya English.
The UAE has been ranked as one of the top countries in coronavirus jabs by Our World in Data, a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford and the non-profit Global Change Data Lab. According to Our World in Data, UAE has administered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60% of its population.
The Gulf state’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority reported that over six million vaccine doses have been administered across the seven emirates, with a rate of 60.82 doses per 100 people. The UAE has approved four coronavirus vaccines, the Chinese Sinopharm, US-German Pfizer-BioNTech, UK-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca and Russian Sputnik V. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday reported 2,742 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 1,691 recoveries and 17 deaths. The new cases were detected through 235,797 additional tests, reported Khaleej Times. More than 31.5 million tests have been conducted across the United Arab Emirates as part of the country’s gigantic screening programme to combat the spread of Covid-19.