The UAE’s approval for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine - that is Phase III trials currently in the country - for frontline personnel has been received with an enthusiastic welcome. Since the pandemic began, there has been a strong concern for the risks faced by the frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19 and this decision by the UAE government will go a long way in reassuring them that their safety and welfare is a priority.
Announcing the decision on Monday, Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, emphasized the synergy of the vaccine use with the rules and regulations of the UAE. The minister said that the findings during the final stages of Phase III clinical trials show that the vaccine is effective and has a strong response, generating antibodies to the virus.
"The vaccine’s safety have been reviewed and results show it is safe for use," he said in a press briefing.
The minister said that the UAE has been fully committed to finding solutions to deal with the pandemic and has systematically generated the requisite resources to enable the health sector to pursue effective outcomes to combat COVID-19. The leadership of the country has propelled the UAE to forefront of research and development of vaccines to combat the pandemic.
Responding to the vaccine approval, Dr Tarek Dufan, Medical Director, American Hospital Dubai, told Gulf News, “The approval of the UAE government to use the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline workers is yet another successful milestone that the UAE has achieved in its battle against the pandemic. This approval to use the vaccine for frontline workers will go a long way in supporting the fight against COVID 19. It will help stop the contagion and restore normality to the life of the people. Once UAE leads the way and demonstrates the impact of the vaccine, the world will follow in its steps.”
American Hospital Dubai has been in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and its frontline personnel have risen to the challenge with exceptional dedication and service. This decision will be unanimously welcomed by them.