The UAE has surpassed Israel at the top of the global vaccination rate rankings.
The country had administered more than 120 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine per 100 people as of Thursday.
The UAE is one of the countries leading the charge in attempts to immunize their populations by 2021.
Several news outlets, including The New York Times and The Financial Times, reported on the most recent ranking, which was based on data collected from local governments by Our World in Data and World Bank population measurements. Bahrain, Aruba and Chile round out the top five.
UAE Tops Global Ranking for Immunization Rates
Since launching a national immunization campaign in December, the UAE has administered more than 11.9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the National reported.
The UAE reported on Friday that an additional 122,001 doses of vaccine were administered during the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
Every day, more than 100,000 people are vaccinated.
The vaccine campaign was extended this week, with the Pfizer-BioNtech shot made available to all Abu Dhabi residents aged 12 and up.
The decision was made on Thursday and went into effect immediately.
The vaccine will be available alongside the Sinopharm injection, which is currently the most widely used vaccine in the UAE.
Pfizer-BioNTech will be available in all 46 Seha clinics and centers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and the Northern Emirates.
Authorities also urge the public to get vaccinated in order to aid attempts to achieve herd immunity.
Dr. Farida Al Hosani, a health sector spokesperson, congratulated the UAE people this week for getting vaccines in large numbers.
According to Dr. Al Hosani, the widespread use of vaccines has resulted in a decrease in the number of infected people needing medical care.
She encouraged parents to have their children immunized in order to protect public health and improve the education sector.
“Expanding vaccine coverage allows us to provide vaccines to the biggest proportion of the population in order to reach herd immunity. It is important as children go back to schools.
“To parents, rest assured this vaccine will help us all feel safe and protect the health of children.
“It will reduce the burden on parents who have children learning online.”
According to Dr. Al Hosani, 73.88 per cent of all qualified groups aged 16 and up had been immunized, with the over-60s accounting for more than 80 per cent of the total.
She stated that data analysis had shown a decrease in hospital admissions, fewer days of service, and less use of ventilators.
“It has expedited the recovery pace and limited the spread of the virus.”