Sixteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has declared numbers in the UAE are now decreasing.

This, in turn, is leading to a return to “normal life” pre-coronavirus.

In a statement issued on the NCEMA’s official Twitter page, the authority declared the country is “adapting with the virus”.

“The decrease in the number of cases reflects a gradual return to a new normal life, with a wider return of economic & tourism activity, & return of employees to their work, which aligns with the concept of adapting with the virus, which would enable humanity to achieve recovery,” the NCEMA stated.

As the country with the highest percentage of vaccinations in the world, the UAE has made it a priority for life to return to normal as quickly as possible, whilst learning to live with the virus.

To date, over 78.2 per cent of the population have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 68.6 per cent have received their second dose.

Currently, there are five COVID-19 vaccines available in the UAE.

The first vaccine to be approved in the UAE was the Sinophram vaccine, followed by the Pfizer vaccine.

In January of this year, Russia’s Sputnik V was approved for emergency use. The Oxford-AstraZeneca is also approved for use. Most recently, the Moderna vaccine was approved to be administered in Dubai.

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