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Dubai to offer free Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shots from Wednesday

By Gitanjali Mangal -- December 23, 2020 3:12 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Dubai has planned to start a free vaccination campaign from Wednesday using the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.

“Extensive vaccination campaign against COVID-19 kicks off in Dubai on Wednesday,” the city’s media office tweeted. Adding, “Vaccination will use Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine and is free of charge.”

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Pfizer and BioNTech have said their vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the illness. The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, has been conducting trials on China’s state-backed coronavirus vaccine and earlier this month said the shot protected 86% of people against Covid-19.

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The UAE diagnosed over 195,000 people with the virus since the start of the pandemic. The Gulf nation reported more than a thousand cases a day for the past two months after they dropped to as low as 164 in August. The country has a case-fatality rate of 0.3%, among the lowest globally.

-PTC News

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