With the UAE aiming to vaccinate over half of the population against COVID-19 before the end of March, the country is well on its way to reaching this target.

On Tuesday, it was announced by a top UAE official for the Ministry of Health and Prevention that over 40 per cent of the population has now received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Farida Al Hosani from the ministry explained that the vaccine will help the nation “reach herd immunity” against the novel coronavirus.

So far, over five million vaccinations have been administered across the country, making the UAE one of the leading nations in the world in vaccination rates.

At present, there are four COVID-19 vaccinations being administered in the UAE.

READ: The 4 COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the UAE

The first vaccine to be approved in the UAE was the Sinophram vaccine, followed by the Pfizer vaccine being permitted in Dubai towards the end of last year.

In January, Russia’s Sputnik V was approved for emergency use. And now, just recently, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved in Dubai.

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