According to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker, the UAE has become the most vaccinated nation worldwide overtaking the Seychelles. So far the Persian Gulf nation has administered 15.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which is sufficient to cover 72.1% of its population compared to 71.7% in the Seychelles.
Moreover, the United Arab Emirates tests more people per capita than the majority of other countries around the world and has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates. The country has also managed to avoid more than one lockdown, as opposed to other countries, which in many cases have had more than two.. As stated by the UAE Deputy Minister of Health and Prevention, Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, the government strives to bring the nation closer to recovery and implement herd immunity by approving new vaccines and ensuring the public has access to them.
As stated by the UAE government, children under 12, pregnant women, patients with active COVID-19 and those who are intolerant to specific components of the vaccine are exempt from the vaccine. Furthermore, if residents have been vaccinated outside the country, there is no need to undergo the vaccination process again upon coming back to the UAE.
With the beginning of the summer travel season and Dubai Expo 2020 on the horizon, the demand of RT-PCR testing is expected to rise. Therefore, the leading UAE-based taxi company Careem has started offering an in-app test booking service for residents of Dubai providing test results within 24 hours. For AED 199 (USD 55), customers of Careem can arrange for a DHA-licensed nurse to come directly to their residence, hotel or office and administer a PCR test. Until July 31 2020, there is also a possibility of applying the promo code PCRT which will provide AED 35 (USD 10) discount on the testing.
This announcement has come shortly after Uber launched the campaign of initiating free rides to and from 97 vaccination centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai until July 31 2021. In order to claim a free ride, Uber users will receive a URL link via email or SMS. Then the voucher will appear in the wallet of the mobile application. The trip has to start or end at one of the listed vaccination centers. The campaign, supported by the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai and the Integrated Center in Abu Dhabi, is a part of Uber’s global initiative to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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