UAE given out one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine

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Sarah Peddie

The UAE has now given out more than a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced.

It was announced on January 10 that as many as 78,793 doses were given in the past 24 hours. 

The rate at which the vaccine is being distributed is now 10.32 doses per 100 people - which is second in the world rates behind Israel. 

Since December last year, the health authorities have taken on a cost free nationwide vaccination programme with the participation of public and private hospitals and also medical clinics. 

One million doses is a major milestone in achieving the UAE’s goal to vaccinate 50 percent of the population by the end of March. 

In the space of three days, more than 194,000 doses were given free of cost as the public are still queuing to get their dose of the vaccine. 

Featuring in the Khaleej Times Dr Osama Ahmed El Gharib, medical director, Burjeel Specialty Hospital Sharjah, said: “The UAE government and health authorities have put in a commendable effort in ensuring an effective vaccination programme. 

“The relentless and persevering approach of the leadership deserves all appreciation.

“Scientific planning and execution have been the pillar in the nation’s fight against the pandemic. 

“The government’s decision to facilitate the Covid-19 vaccine through public and private healthcare facilities has made the jab accessible and available en masse. 

“We are witnessing massive participation in the vaccination programme. This underlies the trust of the people in the UAE’s healthcare ecosystem.”

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