UAE to test covid vaccine on 15,000+ volunteers

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE tests more than four million for Covid-19

ABU DHABI 14 July 2020: A third stage study of a possible vaccine against Covid-19 has been approved by the Ethics Committee Scientific research in Abu Dhabi.

This approval paves the way for the start of third stage clinical trials which will ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccine on a larger segment of individuals, said Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention.

Al Owais explained that this stage includes conducting a research study on two types of vaccinations with the participation of more than 15,000 volunteers. He stressed that the best scientific standards will be adopted when conducting the medical studies and noted that the success of this stage could lead to the start of the manufacturing stage, said Wam.

Al Owais also announced that the specialised medical institutions in the country have conducted more than four million medical examinations and praised the vigor of the heroes of the first line of defense and their efforts to preserve the safety of society and ensure the health of everyone.

Dr. Amna Al-Dahhak Al-Shamsi, the official spokesman for the UAE Government, meanwhile, announced that the number of new daily examinations reached 34,478 resulting in the diagnosing of 344 cases. The total number of registered cases now stands at 55,198.

Al-Dahhak revealed that 373 new recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 45,513. There are 9,351 patients still receiving medical care and one death was recorded, bringing the total deaths to 334.

Mohamed Hassan Ahly, official spokesman and Executive Director of Statistics and National Data Sector at the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, announced the launch of the statistical platform for Covid-19 data from the United Arab Emirates, which is an important step and another achievement to add to the collective efforts of all national institutions specialized in dealing with the pandemic.

The new platform is a joint cooperation between three official bodies, namely the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority. The launch of the platform reflects the desire of the UAE government to promote a culture of transparency and sharing of reliable information and data that supports decision makers, researchers and all concerned.

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