As over one million vaccinations have already been administered in the UAE, leaders of the country have issued messages to the public.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces both issued messages via their social media channels to the public about getting the available COVID-19 vaccines.

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 Taking to Twitter, the Ruler of Dubai said that the UAE had “made great strides” in combatting the global pandemic.

“Today, we are ranked the second globally in the vaccine administration rates,” he said. “Taking the vaccine is every individual’s responsibility to protect their health, families and wider society.”

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed praised the frontline workers in the UAE for administering over one million vaccines in the UAE already.

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our frontline heroes, 1,275,000 vaccinations have already been provided to UAE citizens and residents,” he said. “We hope that with vaccinations picking up pace we will reach the point of full recovery in the shortest possible time.”

COVID-19 vaccines in the UAE

Just before Christmas, it was announced that the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved to be administered in Dubai.

This approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine came after a trial began in the UAE over the summer testing the Sinopharm vaccine.

After three months after the COVID-19 vaccine began to be administered in the UAE a couple of months ago, and it’s now been determined that it is 86 per cent effective following the trials.

The Sinopharm vaccine has been officially registered in the UAE, with health authorities saying that the “analysis [from the trial of 31,000 people] shows no serious safety concerns”.

High-up government officials including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaab, the Minister of Culture and Youth and more have already received the vaccine.

The administering of the Pfizer jab is now well underway too and many government officials have received the vaccine including the Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Her Excellency Mona Al Marri, who received it last week.

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