Saudi professor’s proposal to get doubters to take COVID-19 vaccine

Abu Dhabi: With millions around the world reluctant to get vaccinated, Saudi Professor of Regenerative Medicine Safouq Al Shammari has presented a proposal to the GCC couintries that would encourage more to receive the injection at a faster rate.

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He suggests travel without restriction to be allowed for those who have already received the vaccination.

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Al Shammari wrote on his Twitter account, “I suggest to the Gulf countries that whoever took and completed COVID-19 vaccination shots should be allowed to travel without additional precautions! This will make life to return to normal, and also encourage people to take the vaccine as quickly as possible!”

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He asked: “What is the point in applying home quarantine on people who have recently travelled but have already taken vaccinations?”

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Regarding the lower than 100 per cent effectiveness of vaccines, Al Shammari said: “There is no vaccine that gives 100% effectiveness, even the influenza vaccine is only 40-60%.”

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He added: “Giving the vaccine (currently) has two reasons, even if it is not 100% effective: it prevents severe cases that lead to intensive care and deaths that strain the health system, and also breaks the chain of the spread of the virus!”

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The biggest vaccination campaign in history has begun, with more than 15 million doses in 35 countries having been administered, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Delivering billions more will be one of the greatest logistical challenges ever undertaken.

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The UAE launched COVID-19 vaccinations on December 14.

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The Gulf nation was one of the first countries to start widespread inoculation, after Britain became the first to roll out a campaign using a vaccine by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

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Gulf countries UAE and Bahrain, where third-phase trials of the Sinopharm vaccine were carried out, both officially registered it for public use after it was previously approved for emergency use for frontline health workers.

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Vaccinations in the US began on December 14 with health-care workers, and so far more than 5 million doses have been given, according to a state-by-state tally by Bloomberg and data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Across the United States, 1.5 per cent of the population has been vaccinated and 30 per cent of the shots distributed to states have been administered.

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