ABU DHABI 9 February 2021: The process of securing sufficient quantities of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines is the key challenge facing most countries in the race to achieve sufficient community immunisation, to counter the pandemic and hinder its spread.
Other related problems have also emerged, such as the inability to produce sufficient vaccines and obtain them for every country, in addition to issues related to delivering the vaccines, creating a state of uncertainty in terms of achieving sufficient immunisation on a global scale.
However, the UAE has been steadily progressing in the process of securing sufficient vaccines for all its residents, due to the country’s relevant efforts and global partnerships, which increased the likelihood of quickly achieving herd immunity that requires the vaccination of at least 70 percent of the community, said official news agency Wam.
Since the outbreak of the virus, the UAE has been operating according to a proactive approach aimed at achieving a sustainable recovery, which is reflected by the fact that the phase III clinical trials of two globally approved vaccines were conducted in the country, making it a leader in terms of providing vaccines to citizens and residents with efficiency and professionalism.
The UAE has currently approved four Covid-19 vaccines, which are:
- Sinopharm vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
- Sputnik vaccine and
- Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
These are offered to all citizens and residents free of charge, provided that they are not suffering from any health conditions or medical issues preventing them from taking the vaccine.
The UAE is witnessing growing demand for the vaccine among all segments of the community, with the total number of doses provided to the public amounting to 4,313,868 until 7th February, a rate of 43.62 doses for every 100 persons.
The country leads the world in terms of number of indexes related to vaccine distribution. On Thursday, the “Our World in Data” website displayed global statistics related to coronavirus, which showed that the UAE is ranked first in terms of the highest number of daily and weekly doses for every 100 persons.
According to the latest update on the website, the number of distributed vaccine doses around the world amounted to nearly 128 million until 6th February, accounting for only 1.64 percent of the world’s population, as per the estimate of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of 7.8 billion people in July 2020. However, the number of vaccine doses distributed in the UAE until yesterday amounted to 4,313,868 doses, accounting for some 45.4 percent of the population.
2,798 new cases, 3,933 recoveries, 9 deaths
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) conducted 148,587 additional Covid-19 tests and announced 2,798 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 329,293.
MoHAP also announced nine deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 930.
The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.
MoHAP also noted that an additional 3,933 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 309,692.