UAE: 28,021 Covid vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

The total doses administered now stand at 21.6 million.



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By Web Desk

Published: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 6:31 PM

The UAE has administered 28,021 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 21.6 million.

This takes the rate of doses to 218.41 per 100 people.

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