UAE says Chinese vaccine up to 100% effective against Covid

Dubai - The NCEMA reports 'positive results' from Phase III clinical trials.

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Published: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 8:57 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Dec 2020, 8:58 PM

The UAE's National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has reported that the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine shows 100 per cent protection against moderate and severe Covid-19 infections.

In a tweet, it said the vaccine achieved positive results, with the efficacy rate reaching 86 per cent.

This follows Phase III clinical trials of both the Sinopharm and Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, it was revealed at Tuesday's Covid-19 briefing held by the UAE Government.

The NCEMA added that the 'Hope Consortium' launched by the UAE in November is prepared to facilitate and support the distribution of 6 billion doses of vaccinations around the world, with the aim of increasing this capacity to 18 billion by the end of 2021.

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