The offer is the first apparent evidence to surface of a state using its Covid vaccine supplies as a selling point to foreign tourists, amid a global scarcity of doses and calls to share the resource with vulnerable people and health workers around the world. The UAE health ministry, its national media office and the Dubai tourism authority did not respond to questions. Knightsbridge Circle subsequently clarified that the Pfizer vaccine was only available through the UAE government to members who were already Emirati residents — a total of five people on its rolls. It was not clear why existing Emirati residents would need to use the Knightsbridge Circle service to get their Covid vaccine, as doses are already available for free to all Emirati citizens and residents.
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