This makes Moderna the fifth Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for use in the UAE
5 July 2021| Last updated on 5 July 2021
The other four Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the UAE are Sinopharm, Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V.
The Moderna vaccine has been approved for emergency use by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), from Sunday July 4, 2021.
The Covid-19 vaccine received the green light after successful completion of clinical trials and strict assessments, according to official news agency WAM.
Providing efficient vaccines is part of the UAE's commitment to combating the pandemic, said Dr. Mohamed Salim Al-Olama, Under-Secretary of MoHAP.
He added that the decision was made to enhance the prevention and accelerate the pace of approaching the recovery phase and community immunisation against Covid-19.
Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Health Regulatory Sector, said that clinical trials have shown that the Moderna vaccine is safe, and effective in triggering an immune response as well as producing Covid-19 antibodies.
The Moderna vaccine joins the list of Covid-19 jabs currently approved for the public in the UAE, which are: Sinopharm from China, Pfizer-BioNTech from US-Germany, Oxford AstraZeneca from the UK, and Sputnik V from Russia.
Last month, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that pregnant women who are over 13 weeks pregnant can take the Pfizer vaccine.
In May, DHA also approved the use of Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 12 to 15 years old.
At the time of publishing, the UAE announced 1,573 new Covid-19 cases, 1,527 recoveries, and five deaths.
Over 15 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in the UAE so far.