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9 December, 2020

UAE approved COVID vaccine for use after 86% efficacy results

Ministry of Health officially registers vaccine after independent analysis of Phase 3 trials involving 31,000 volunteers

The UAE has officially registered China's Sinopharm vaccine for use after Phase 3 trials found it was 86 per cent effective against coronavirus. The Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday said it had approved a request from the Chinese drug maker "in a major step towards combating the global pandemic". An analysis by the ministry and Department of Health Abu Dhabi also showed the vaccine to have 99 per cent "seroconversion rate", which relates to how antibodies are built up, and 100 per cent effectiveness in "preventing moderate and severe cases of the disease". "Furthermore, the analysis shows no serious safety concerns", it added.

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