UAE rolls out Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for children

The Gulf Arab state, which has among the world's highest immunisation rates, was already providing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12-15
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The United Arab Emirates will start providing China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged three-to-17, the UAE government said on Twitter yesterday.

It cited the Health Ministry as saying the decision comes after clinical trials and extensive evaluations, without providing any details. Authorities said in June the trial would monitor the immune response of 900 children.

The Gulf Arab state, which has among the world’s highest immunisation rates, was already providing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12-15.

The Health Ministry earlier said that 78.95 per cent of the UAE population of roughly nine million had received one vaccine dose while 70.57 per cent had been fully vaccinated.

The UAE led phase-III clinical trials of the vaccine produced by China’s drugmaker Sinopharm and has started manufacturing it under a joint venture between Sinopharm and Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42.

Edited by EP Bureau
Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous

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