UAE Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

The Ministry of Health and Prevention in the United Arab Emirates has approved the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech for children aged 12 to 15 years.

The government announced the emergency use authorization on Twitter on May 13 without elaborating further.

According to Gulf News, the approval was based on results of clinical studies, strict evaluation for the emergency use authorization, and local evaluation on approved regulations.

The approval of the vaccine by the UAE government for the age group came after the United States approved the same vaccine for the same age group last May 11 and Canada last May 5.

The government earlier launched a free national vaccine campaign for all its citizens and residents as part of its efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

UAE has administered over 11 million doses of the vaccine, according to data from the government.

Data also showed that UAE has recorded 1,512 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 542,158. The country also recorded four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,623.

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