UAE: 18,589 Covid vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

The total doses administered now stand at 22.9 million



By Web Desk

Published: Tue 11 Jan 2022, 4:05 PM

The UAE has administered 18,589 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours.

The country's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total doses administered now stand at 22.9 million.

This takes the rate of doses to 231.76 doses per 100 people.

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