UAE: 24,744 Covid vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

The total doses administered now stand at 21.8 million



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Published: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 5:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Dec 2021, 6:15 PM

The UAE has administered 24,744 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 21.8 million.

This takes the rate of doses to 221.39 per 100 people.

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There are several other mutations to the virus that scientists haven’t seen before and don’t know how they will change how the virus behaves or spreads, he said.

Dr Fauci said it was difficult to know whether the Omicron variant will lead to severe disease, adding that preliminary information from South Africa indicated it did not lead to unusual symptoms.

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The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13-10 that the antiviral drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential birth defects if used during pregnancy.

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