More frontliners in the UAE given Covid-19 vaccine

(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Doctors, nurses, police officers, teachers, Aviation sector workers and judicial officials are among people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of its emergency use in the UAE.

The UAE's Ministry of health and Prevention (Mohap) had in September announced an "emergency approval" for use of a Covid-19 vaccine that has been trialled in the country.

Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention said the vaccine was available to the frontline workers who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus and that this will protect them from any dangers.

And in the latest initiative organized by UAE health authorities, many Emiratis have received the Covid-19 vaccine from the Al Tawiyah Majlis (Council) in Al Ain city under the emergency use permit granted to the UAE.

The vaccination programme at Al Tawiyah Council is being carried out by a team of medical specialists and citizens will be receiving two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in a space of three weeks. This emergency use of the vaccine is fully and completely in line with the regulations and laws that allow for a faster review of licensing procedures, according to a report Emarat Al Ayoum.

A video posted online had showed medical specialists informing citizens in the Al Tawiyah Council about the importance of vaccination and the need to get the Covid-19 vaccine to maintain the safety and health of community members.

The video also showed a big number of citizens in Al Tawayah area receiving the vaccine.

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) had in July collaborated with the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, G42 Healthcare and Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm CNBG - the developer of the vaccine- to facilitate the third phase of its clinical trials.

A team of specialist medical practitioners from SEHA has been managing the trials. All shots have been administered at dedicated centres equipped to accommodate the volunteers - both Emiratis and expats.

Volunteers were intensively monitored for approximately 42 days. They needed to visit the testing centres at least 17 times. During that time, the individual was required to not travel outside the country and needs to have easy access to the clinics. After this, periodic follow-ups are conducted via teleconsultation for up to six months.


Khaleej Times

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