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UAE to offer booster shot for Sinopharm vaccine recipients

i24NEWS - Reuters

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Vials of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine gifted by China's government for citizens living abroad is pictured, at Colombo Port City project premises in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 6, 2021.
ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFPVials of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine gifted by China's government for citizens living abroad is pictured, at Colombo Port City project premises in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 6, 2021.

Bahrain also offering booster shot for people who have received two doses of Chinese vaccine

The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday that it would offer a booster shot for people who have received two doses of China's COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm.

The booster shot would be administered six months after the initial two doses are completed.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said that the move is part of the Gulf country's "proactive strategy to provide maximum protection for society."

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Questions have arisen about how effective the Sinopharm vaccine is against COVID-19 after a spike in cases in Seychelles despite 61 percent of its population being fully vaccinated as of May 8 with nearly 57 percent receiving the Sinopharm vaccine.

The World Health Organization granted emergency use approval to the Sinopharm vaccine on May 7.

Phase III clinical trials of Sinopharm reportedly show an efficacy of 78.89 percent for people aged 18 and above.

The UAE has vaccinated around 73 percent of its eligible population, providing four vaccines for free, although the country doesn't disclose the amount administered for each vaccine.

The UAE is manufacturing the Sinopharm vaccine in a joint venture between Sinopharm and Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42.

Shortly after the UAE announcement of a booster shot, Bahrain said it too would be offering a booster shot for people who have received the Sinopharm vaccine.