UAE leads the world in COVID-19 vaccination with 79 percent of population covered

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The United Arab Emirates have announced that 78.9 percent of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the highest coverage in the world, the health ministry announced Sunday.

More than 16.8 million vaccine doses have already been administered in the UAE.

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Despite having the world’s fastest vaccination program and due to the emergence of the new Delta variant, the UAE has recorded 1,519 new COVID-19 cases, 1,466 cures and two deaths in 24 hours, NCEMA reported Sunday.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the UAE now stands at 1,951, according to NCEMA. The total number of diagnosed cases since the start of the pandemic rose to 682,377 and the total number of recovered patients rose to 659,664.

There are now 20,762 active infections in the country.

Earlier in July, the United Arab Emirates had overtaken the Seychelles to become the world’s most vaccinated nation.

Mass testing and one of the world’s fastest vaccination programs have helped the emirates contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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