Covid UAE: Vaccine drive progressing at accelerated pace, says top official

Dubai - The emirate aims to vaccinate 100 per cent of its eligible population.



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A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 29 Mar 2021, 10:05 AM

The national vaccination campaign is progressing at an accelerated pace with more than 7.9 million vaccine doses provided so far throughout the country, said Abdullah Al-Basti, Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai and Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the C40 Leadership Group for South and West Asia.

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More than half of the eligible population has currently been vaccinated.

Al-Basti was speaking at a remote meeting of the C40 Leadership Network, a network of leaders of the world's megacities.

The UAE’s vaccination campaign, which commenced in December 2020, provides free vaccination to the public as part of efforts to promote a lasting recovery from the pandemic. Dubai currently provides a choice of three vaccines to the community: Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

He highlighted the Dubai government’s efforts to simplify procedures for vaccination and provide a safe environment in all vaccination centres.

The emirate aims to vaccinate 100 per cent of its eligible population.

More than 120 vaccination centres have been set up for the public in diverse locations in the emirate in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

As part of expanded support services, Dubai offers home medical visits to vaccinate senior citizens and elderly residents as well.

waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

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