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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 7 March 2021

Dubai gets more supplies of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The health authority distributed the new batch across health centres dedicated to administering the Covid-19 vaccine

Dubai has received more supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, officials said on Tuesday.

Dubai Health Authority distributed the new batch across health centres dedicated to administering the Covid-19 vaccine.

It did not reveal how many doses were available.

The authority's vaccination campaign is currently focusing on Emiratis and elderly residents, people with chronic diseases who have a valid Dubai visa, front-liners and vital workers in both the public and private sector.

Dr Farida Al Khaja, chief executive of the regulator’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector and chairperson of the Covid-19 Vaccination Steering Committee, said priority will be given to people aged 60 years and older.

As with other countries, UAE was affected by the global shortage of the US-German made vaccines.

Authorities have also approved Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm – the most widely used – and Russia's Sputnik V for emergency use only.

Last month, 200,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot arrived in Dubai on a flight from India. The batch was enough for 100,000 people.

In December, Sinopharm said an initial batch of three million doses had been delivered to the UAE to date, with further deliveries expected.

Updated: February 16, 2021 10:53 PM

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