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Dubai aims to vaccinate 70% of population by end of 2021: Reuters

Dubai aims to vaccinate 70% of population by end of 2021: Reuters

First phase targets senior citizens and residents aged 60 and above

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Dubai aims to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population with the coronavirus shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech by the end of next year, Reuters reported, citing a health official.

The Middle East business hub, which is part of the United Arab Emirates, is seeking to “reach the herd immunity that is required,” Farida al-Khaja, chairwoman of Dubai’s steering committee for Covid-19 vaccinations, told Reuters.

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Dubai, home to more than 3.3 million people, last week started a free vaccination campaign, which in the first phase is targeting senior citizens and residents aged 60 and above.

Inoculations will also be provided to people with chronic diseases aged 18 or above, and to frontline workers.

The second phase is set to begin in April, and would be open to all citizens and residents, Khaja said.

Read: Covid-19: Dubai to begin ‘extensive’ free Pfizer vaccination campaign

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