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UAE rolls out Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17

The United Arab Emirates will start providing China‘s Sinopharm (1099.HK) COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17, the UAE government said on Twitter on Monday.

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.

Uae Rolls Out Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine To Children Aged 3-17 | General View Of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 3, 2019. Reuters/ Hamad I Mohammed
General view of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed

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

The health ministry said on Sunday that 78.95% of the UAE population of roughly 9 million had received one vaccine dose while 70.57% had been fully vaccinated.

Uae Rolls Out Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine To Children Aged 3-17 | Doses Of The Chinese Sinopharm Vaccine Against The Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) Are Seen At The Biblioteka Kod Milutina Restaurant In Kragujevac, Serbia, May 4, 2021. Reuters/Marko Djurica
Doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen at the Biblioteka kod Milutina restaurant in Kragujevac, Serbia, May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The UAE, the region’s tourism and trade hub, registered 1,519 new coronavirus infections on Sunday to take its total to 682,377 cases and 1,951 deaths. It does not provide a breakdown for each of its seven emirates.

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

Source
REUTERS

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