A health official said, Dubai plans to vaccinate 70% of its population by the end of 2021, free of charge to its residents and citizens, with the COVID-19 vaccine designed by Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech.
The first phase of the vaccination campaign in Dubai started last week, which targets the priority groups, including the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, people with disabilities (including those with a disability) and frontline workers.
In contrast with the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, which rolled out a vaccine made by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) to the general public, Dubai followed Saudi Arabia, which earlier this month became the first Arab country to use the Pfizer vaccine.
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The UAE’s health ministry has registered the Pfizer-BioNTech shot for emergency use, but none of the other emirates has so far announced plans to roll out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, for which data has shown 95% efficacy. Dubai, home to over 3.3 million people in 2019, has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. This hurt its key tourism, real estate and trade sectors.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s health minister confirmed that the country is concluding agreements with global pharmaceutical giants Pfizer (PFE) and AstraZeneca to buy 50 million doses of coronavirus vaccines.
Budi GunadiSadikin said AstraZeneca would sign the agreement before the end of the year, while Pfizer would sign the deal in the first week of January. The minister said the vaccine drive would have been prioritized for 1.3 million frontline health workers during his first official news conference.”They are by far the most crucial players in our fight against the pandemic,” he said. The vaccines for AstraZeneca are expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2021, and the vaccine for Pfizer (PFE) in the third quarter of 2021.