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Syed Shayaan Bakht, Staff Reporter
The UAE authorities said that the COVID-19 vaccines available in the country that have proven effective in reducing infection rates, though not preventing it completely and thus urged everyone to keep following the precautionary measures.
It was learnt from the data available that the vaccines have been proven successful in reducing hospital admissions, intensive care rates, and even reducing the death rate.
Gulf Today looked into the data of the inoculation drive and revealed that five vaccines have been administered in the country.
In December 2020, the UAE Health Ministry officially registered the coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm.
It is believed it was 86 per cent effective according to analysis of third-phase trials.
Sinopharm was the first COVID vaccine approved in the UAE.
On Dec.22, 2020, UAE announced the emergency registration of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) started its free vaccination drive against COVID-19 using this vaccine from the next.
On Jan. 21, 2021, the UAE announced its approval of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the UAE.
The vaccine is based on human adenoviral vector-based platform.
Its effectiveness against COVID-19 is confirmed at 91.4 per cent, while its efficacy against severe cases of the disease is 100 per cent.
In February 2021, Dubai Health Authority
added the AstraZeneca vaccine to its authorised list of Covid-19 vaccines provided at medical facilities.
The first shipment of the vaccine was received from India, in cooperation with the Indian Foreign Ministry.
In July 2021, the UAE approved emergency use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
The UAE is making concerted efforts to keep the virus in check.
The move was made after clinical trials and approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The authorities are clearly concerned about the general wellbeing and health of the residents.
The UAE authorities said the rise of COVID mutants was responsible for spike in cases.
Recently, there has been increased talk about the Delta mutant and what made it worrying is that the speed of its spread was high compared to the previous mutant.
International studies indicate that the transmissibility of the Delta mutant has increased by about 40-60%.
Member states are struggling to contain a third wave of the epidemic and kick-start vaccine programmes slowed by a shortfall in deliveries, and Britain has warned the bloc against resorting "vaccine nationalism."
"Respected @POTUS, if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the US, I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw-material exports out of the US, so that vaccine production can ramp up," Poonawalla said on Twitter.
Following an EU summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said there was a "new type of world war," adding: "We are looking in particular at Russian and Chinese attacks and attempts to gain influence through the vaccine."
The announcement comes as the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility in line with the UAE's proactive policy to ensure the health and safety of all community members.
A number of areas in the country, on Tuesday, witnessed light to heavy rain, accompanied by lightning and thunder, because of the country being affected by a surface depression.
Drake added that Hale left a manifest and maps of the school detailing control points, entry and exit points, and was "prepared for a confrontation with law enforcement."
The Dubai Court of Misdemeanours sent an Asian one month behind bars and fined Dhs14,000, on the charges of conniving with a fugitive to steal two phones by force after he ordered them through an electronic shopping application.