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UAE: Sinopharm’s Third Dose May Be Taken By Those Who Have Less Immunity Vs. Diseases

Doctors in the UAE said that the third dose of the Sinopharm vaccine can be taken by residents who have less immunity against diseases, people with chronic diseases, and those who belong to the high-risk group.

Currently, according to a Khaleej Times report, a small number of residents in the country have received the ‘booster’ against diseases. The modified third dose of the vaccine should boost antibodies development and lead to a better response against variants of the virus as well.

“Sinophamr’s efficacy has been revised to 79.34 percent and its protection against variant is quite stronger than other vaccine types. A small number of people have received the third shot of the Sinopharm vaccine to prompt the production of antibodies. The UAE started offering booster dose vaccine to those who are already vaccinated,” Dr. Gunjan Mahajan, Specialist Clinical Pathologist at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai, said in the report.

She added that the mentioned vaccine is a type of inactivated viral vaccine, thus immunity offered from its two doses may not be enough to fight against the increasing number of Covid-19 variants.

“After being vaccinated with two doses, residents and Emiratis, who do not develop enough antibodies against Covid-19, could receive a third booster dose of Sinopharm vaccine,” she further added.

Experts, however, reiterated that the booster can only be reserved for those who have not developed enough antibodies or those who are at a higher risk of developing complications from Covid-19.


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