January 21, 20215:33 AMUpdated 7 hours ago
UAE approves Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
By Reuters Staff

DUBAI (Reuters) - The UAE health ministry on Thursday approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, state media reported, as infection levels hit a record and only weeks after vaccine trials began in the United Arab Emirates.

Daily infections of the novel coronavirus in the UAE reached 3,529 on Thursday, the health ministry said, the highest in the Gulf Arab region, where daily tallies in each of the other five states have fallen below 500.

“Study results have demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine in triggering a strong antibody response against the virus, its safety for use, and its compliance with international safety and effectiveness standards,” the Emirates’ news agency WAM reported.

The UAE did not release data on the findings of its Phase III trials...