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| 23 June 2021, Wednesday |

UAE tops global rankings for vaccination rates, placed ahead of Israel

The UAE moved to the top of the global rankings for vaccination rates on Thursday, as the country has provided almost 120 doses of Covid-19 vaccine per 100 people, which placed it ahead of Israel.

The latest figures were reported by The New York Times, using data compiled from local governments by Our World in Data.

Bahrain, Aruba and Chile round out the top five.

The Emirates has provided more than 11.8 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine since launching a nationwide inoculation drive in December, equal to 119.53 doses per 100 people in the Emirates.

On Wednesday, the UAE administered a further 117,863 doses of vaccine. Inoculation rates regularly exceed 100,000 per day.

The vaccination campaign was expanded this week, with the Pfizer-BioNtech shot made available to everyone aged 12 and over in Abu Dhabi, the decision on Thursday came into effect immediately.

The vaccine will be available alongside the Sinopharm shot, the most commonly used vaccine in the UAE. Pfizer-BioNTech will be available in all 46 clinics and centers run by the public health group Seha in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

On Friday, Israel edged ahead in the rolling global vaccination table, which is regularly updated.

Authorities regularly call on the public to get vaccinated to support efforts to reach herd immunity.