Along with Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah, a woman in a wheelchair and another man were among the first to be administered the vaccine at a centre in Riyadh, on Thursday.
An unrelenting US coronavirus surge pushed besieged hospitals further to the brink as the United States pressed on with its immunisation rollout on Thursday and prepared to ship nearly 6 million doses of a new vaccine on the cusp of winning regulatory approval.
UAE Fatwa Council, under the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, has issued a 'fatwa' (Islamic ruling) allowing the coronavirus vaccines to be used in compliance with Islamic Sharia’s objectives on the protection of the human body and other relevant Islamic rulings.
On Sunday, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) begins vaccinating priority groups of Dubai government employees against the coronavirus, using the Pfizer vaccine.
"In principle, the beauty of the messenger technology is that we can directly start to engineer a vaccine which completely mimics this new mutation — we could be able to provide a new vaccine technically within six weeks," he was quoted as saying in media reports.
Sheikh Mansour thanked the teams working on the vaccination campaign and all frontline entities combating COVID-19 in the UAE, including the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Dubai Health Authority.
Dubai Sports Council has announced clubs, academies, training and fitness centres, and other sports facilities as well as sports events in the Emirate of Dubai will not be required to use thermal scanners or conduct temperature checks from January 1, 2021.
Dr Al Khaja said, 'In the first phase, Emiratis as well as residents above the age of 60 years, people of determination, people with chronic diseases, frontliners in the public and private sector and people in occupations with the highest COVID-19 risk are eligible...'
The total number of doses provided up to Friday stands at 2,339,073 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 23.65 doses per 100 people.