Dubai will begin inoculating people with the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Wednesday, said the emirate’s government in a statement.
The development marks Dubai joining Saudi Arabia, which was the first Arab country to begin inoculating people with the vaccine earlier last week.
Earlier last month, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain began in inoculating their citizens with the vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
Late on Tuesday, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management tweeted that an “extensive vaccination campaign” using Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine against COVID-19 will kicks off in Dubai on Wednesday, and that it will be free of charge.
In a statement Kuwait said, it expects to start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine before the end of December 31, 2020.
Qatar has also granted emergency authorisation for using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech; Oman is set to receive its first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipment on Wednesday.
The UAE has so far recorded 195,878 coronavirus cases along with 642 deaths as a result of COVID-19.