Faced with the major health crisis that has been hitting the world for several months now because of the coronavirus pandemic, the United Arab Emirates decided that it was time to react and authorized the use of an anti covid-19 vaccine developed by China.
It is now almost a year since the whole of humanity has been struggling with this virus, which it has not been able to get rid of. After the confinement, the social distancing, the travel bans of all kinds, it is clear that as soon as we point the tip of our nose outside, the curve of the number of cases starts to rise again.
It is in this difficult health context that the United Arab Emirates decided that it was time to react. Yesterday, the UAE Minister of Health approved the use of a vaccine developed by China.
Tested on 30,000 people, the vaccine produced positive results and allowed the creation of antibodies against the Covid-19. It is also reported to be completely safe for patients to use. The vaccine will be provided to people working in the first line of defense (doctors, nurses, firefighters) and will also be available on an optional basis for specific groups.
The tests were performed on 31,000 volunteers from 125 countries over a six-week period. In addition, the vaccines have been successfully tested on 1,000 people with chronic conditions. This is reassuring to the most skeptical and, above all, provides a solid enough basis for a final decision by the Emirati authorities.
Working closely together
The health authorities, in coordination with the vaccine developers, took steps to control the quality, safety, and efficacy of the vaccine, including determining the number of target groups, dosage, vaccination system, and manufacturing process.
Meanwhile, the UAE yesterday reported 777 new cases after 61,266 additional tests, bringing the total to 80,266. At the same time, there have been no deaths in the last 24 hours, while 530 recoveries have brought the total to 69,981. The number of active cases now stands at 9,886.