The UAE government is likely to achieve the target of vaccinating 50 per cent of the country's population by the first quarter of 2021.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Tuesday announced that the first shipment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has arrived from India at Dubai Airport.
Eleven pharma companies led by Pfizer and Novartis have set aside a combined $2 billion to invest in gene therapy manufacturing sector since 2018, according to a Reuters analysis, in a drive to better control production of the world’s priciest medicines.
US drugmaker Pfizer Inc said that early data has helped it identify a drug candidate with the potential to help treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus.
Dubai is planning to inoculate 70% of its population with the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech by the end of 2021, in a campaign free of charge for citizens and residents, a health official said.
The campaign is targeting four main categories; the first category includes elders who are 60-years-old and above, people with chronic diseases.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be vaccinated publicly once those in his age group are in line to be vaccinated, he said in an interview.
Europe has some of the best-resourced healthcare systems in the world as new coronavirus variant spread internationally and the WHO warned the current pandemic will not be the last.
"The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)... has approved the registration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," it said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.