A serious question (though I understand Shane why you might not answer seriously!), I thought from your previous posts UAE citizens got Pfizer, expats like you got the Chinese vaccine. So what did you and your kids get?
I didn't get Sinovax and I wouldn't be concerned if I had.
UAE is made up of 7 x Emirates, the two money earners are
>Abu Dhabi - Basically the Oil cash cow with close to $1T in the bank. The Oil Super Complex off-shore, which I've seen up close is something to behold and I only saw one of them (fishing) and the one I saw disappeared over the horizon.
Abu Dhabi also basically funds the smaller Emirates of Fujairah, Ajman, RAK, Umm Al Quwain and to a lessor degree Sharjah which does have some of its own Oil and Gas reserves including on shore almost under the outer part of the city going by the rigs I saw desert bashing last year. Sharjah (the one dry/no pork Emirate) is also basically next to Dubai and lower income place to live if working in Dubai, ie its full of Indian's and Pakistani's.
>Dubai - which is semi autonomous, Oil and Gas make up less than 10% of its GDP but has most foreign investment and business including banking and finance as well as private real-estate development. Was first Emirate to allow foreigners to buy land/property, but only in designated Free Hold zones, like where I live (I own my villa).
Dubai which did no R&D on vaccines, simply bought Pfizer and more recently AZ and made available to Emiratis with a Dubai Govt health card AND Expats with a Dubai issued Visa. You had to be quick to get Pfitzer as they ran out, but got a 2nd batch more recently.
Abu Dhabi which ran a number of trials using Sinopharm and later Sputnik V and has so far only approved Sinopharm based on Stage 3 trials done in country, not external results. Anyone in the UAE could between Dec and mid Feb go into the SEHA App and make an appointment for Sinopharm.
Abu Dhabi started the first trials using Sinopharm from August 2020, 30,000 people volunteered, they were after 15,000.
While I live in Dubai, my Visa is issued from my original place of work when I started in UAE, Abu Dhabi, hence Sinopharm was the only available vaccine for myself. My wife has her own visa as she works for Worley also based in Abu Dhabi, she also got Sinopharm, but we spaced ourselves a week apart as I'm (healthy) 51 and she is a (healthy) 45, but recovered Breast Cancer Patient from 2017, just in case something went wrong. Both got first dose in Jan, 2nd early Feb.
Knowing what I know now about Sinopharm as I can tell you alot of Aussies in the chat group were not happy to get it, I would not have been so cautious and would have taken both of us in together a few weeks earlier.
The minimum age limit was dropped from 18 to 16y in Jan. My kids are 11 and 15 and not sure if and when it will be lowered but expect so by mid year and yes we are all guinea pigs.
Around 50% of the UAE population (pushing 70 doses per 100) has now received at least 1 dose, the rates have dropped off from 150,000 / day to around 50,000 I assume due to limited supplies as in both Dubai and AD, doses were limited to elder and high risk for about 1mth. Then on news, another shipment being unloaded from Emirates cargo.
UAE govt has also supplied 100% population coverage for Seychelles and another country in East Africa, Ghana?. They just bought the whole country population batch in one order and said here you go, enjoy!
From tomorrow my CV-19 App in UAE will have a Gold Star which means I am 28 days + 2nd dose and will not have to do PCR's every few days to go to Abu Dhabi Emirate, once a week only and less restrictions or no restrictions when leaving and returning to the country and some others friendly with UAE such as Maldives which is basically the main country of choice for UAE residents to go on holidays since Oct last year.