Although Abu Dhabi has not officially announced it, the health service’s phone app showed updated criteria for access to vaccines yesterday. It was said that visitors to the capital could now shoot at Covid-19 by presenting their passports.
Passport holders must be entitled to entry visas upon arrival, the guidelines state, without offering additional information. Earlier, vaccine recipients in the Emirate had to show proof of residence in the Emirates.
The Federation of Seven Sheikhs boasts one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in the world, with 14.6 million doses administered to its population of over 9 million. The country relied heavily on Chinese state-owned Sinopharm, and even began production of Sinopharma earlier this year.
Abu Dhabi and the nearby emirate of Dubai also offer Pfizer-BioNtech footage. As of March, everyone over the age of 16 in the country is entitled to the vaccine.
As vaccination inequality grows more and more in the world, an expanded approach to Abu Dhabi vaccines could prove to be a big move for those frustrated by the sluggish pace of inoculation campaigns.
But vaccine medical tourism has also raised ethical concerns because access is limited to those who have the means to travel far, while others remain vulnerable and exposed.