UAE Covid cases decrease 22% as vaccination drive peaks

Published on March 1 2021

Coronavirus infections in the UAE have fallen by 22 per cent - which is more than a fifth from a late January peak. According to BloombergQuint, the UAE has one of the world's fastest Covid vaccination campaigns, having administered 56 doses per 100 people.

The UAE reported 2,930 Covid-19 cases on February 28.

This comes even as the vaccine rollout has slowed down in several major countries. The UAE has managed to administer more than 6 million doses and emerged as the top nation in daily distribution rate.

According to Friday's statistics on Our World in Data, the UAE has a daily distribution rate of 0.88 per 100 people, edging past countries like the US (0.66) and Israel (0.39).

Dr Rohit Kumar, Medical Director, Medeor Hospital, credited mass vaccination for bringing the number of cases down.

"The government has vaccinated about half of the population. The agencies have been active in ensuring the cooperation of the public and educating them on the importance of vaccination. The decision to vaccinate high-risk people might have also contributed to yielding the result. Though vaccination doesn't offer 100 per cent protection, it could have helped in reducing the chances of many getting infected."

Medics noted that the current campaign is "rightly focused" on the most vulnerable groups.

Source : Khaleej Times