UAE’s capital apparently offering Covid-19 vaccines to tourists – News Vibe24

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    Dubai: The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently begun offering free Korana vaccines to tourists flying to the emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revitalize the country’s tourism industry.
    While Abu Dhabi has not made an official announcement on the matter, the health authority’s phone app showed updated criteria for access to the vaccine on Tuesday, saying visitors to the capital could now take the Covid-19 shot by presenting their passports. .
    Passport holders must be eligible for an entry visa on arrival, according to the instructions, without providing further information. Previously, vaccine recipients in the emirate had to prove the Emirati residence.
    The UAE government media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Abu Dhabi will lift mandatory quarantine measures for travelers from an approved list of countries from 1 July.
    The federation of seven sheikhdoms prides itself on the fastest vaccination campaigns in the world, with 14.6 million doses in its population of over 9 million.
    The country relied heavily on the Chinese-backed Sinopharm shooting and even began building Sinopharm earlier this year.
    Abu Dhabi and the nearby Emirate of Dubai also offer Pfizer-BioNtech download.
    From March, everyone over the age of 16 in the country has the right to receive the vaccine.
    With its small population and abundant supply of vaccines, the UAE has sent free vaccine shipments to places in need, such as Egypt, the Gaza Strip and the Seychelles island nation in the Indian Ocean.
    As vaccination inequality grows more and more around the world, expanded access to the Abu Dhabi vaccine could prove to be a major attraction for those frustrated by the slow pace of vaccination campaigns in their home countries.
    But medical vaccine tourism has also raised ethical concerns that access is restricted to those with the means to travel too far, while others remain vulnerable and exposed.
    Throughout the year, Abu Dhabi has maintained strict measures against the Covid, even closing its border with Dubai.
    During the relaunch, the capital announced a new “green card” system this month that restricts access to public places to those who may show proof of vaccination or a recent negative virus test.
    Dubai, the regional economic hub hosting Emirates long-haul airline, has not presented any plans to vaccinate tourists.

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