More than 1.8 million residents in the UAE have already received the Chinese-made Sinopharm. The vaccine is currently available for all citizens and residents.
According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), they are planning to vaccinate 50 percent of the country’s population at the end of March.
Meanwhile, the US and German-developed Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also being rolled out in Dubai. It is reserved for Emiratis, people over the age of 60, those with pre-existing health conditions, and frontline workers.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said earlier that those who received the jab no longer required to quarantine. They are, however, still mandated to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
“We are very pleased with the progress we’ve made. Obviously, there are people who are still getting sick, and unfortunately passing away, but overall we think that we’ve managed to find the balance between health and safety on the hand and economic viability on the other hand,” Omar Ghobash, the UAE’s Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy, told CNBC.