The vaccine shipment is being offloaded from an aircraft.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai has received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines shipment from Brussels on Tuesday night.
The shipment was offloaded and cleared on priority basis on arrival at Emirates’ dedicated SkyPharma facility.
The Government of Dubai Media Office on its Twitter account said, “#Dubai receives first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines transported from Brussles to Dubai on @Emirates SkyCargo flight.”
Photos shared by media office showed airport staff offloading the package and moving it to its SkyPharma facility.
Officials in Dubai said the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech would be offered to citizens and residents free of charge.
The announcement comes after the UAE issued the first government authorisation of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, claiming it was 86% effective based on an "interim analysis” of Phase III trials.
Clinics across the seven Emirates have started administering the vaccine.
The UAE has recorded over 195,800 coronavirus cases and more than 600 deaths.
The Dubai Municipality said that the total commitment rate reached 98 per cent in the emirate, the number of inspection visits reached 2,393, 2 establishments were closed, and 35 warnings were made.
The UAE said on Tuesday that it has administered 93,846 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours and in the process has crossed the 2 million mark.
Dubai Media Office said, “The Dubai Police, in cooperation with Dubai Tourism, shuts down a desert camp that organised a private gathering while violating Covid-19 precautionary measures."
“Members of the Indian community who wish to visit the Consulate for any consular services are advised to avoid such visits unless absolutely necessary. They should, instead, make use of the various electronic platforms offered by the Consulate without having to physically visit the office."
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather on Friday to be fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times during daytime, with a chance of some convective clouds formation by afternoon eastward.
The first regular flight from Lahore to Dubai is due late on Thursday night while many passengers and their relatives took to social media to highlight the unavailability of rapid test facilities for the passengers at major airports in Pakistan.
The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) on Thursday reviewed the features and advantages of the second generation of the Emirates ID that go in line with the concept of overall digital transformation in the UAE.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.