UAE-wide walk-ins planned for vaccine testing

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 4 August 2020: A feasibility evaluation for setting up walk-in registration, screening and Phase III vaccine testing facilities in other parts of the UAE, is currently being conducted.

The Department of Health Abu Dhabi in collaboration with G42 Healthcare and Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha), on Sunday announced the opening of a new purpose-built, walk-in registration, screening and testing facility at Adnec for volunteers who want to participate in the world’s first clinical Phase III trial of an inactivated vaccine to combat Covid-19.

Those who want to volunteer can visit the facility directly without making an appointment.

Adnec has the size and resources to process up to 1,000 volunteers a day, individuals who have already registered online but have not yet had a follow-up call can also benefit from the walk-in clinic if they wish to visit and receive on-site screening and the first vaccination three days after receiving a negative test for Covid-19. The Adnec facility is open to individuals who are resident in Abu Dhabi.

The walk-in facility will be open daily from 8am to 8pm, except on Friday.

Since the programme commenced on 16th July, thousands of people from every emirate have volunteered and registered to become part of the trials. The new facility will help to make it even simpler for volunteers in Abu Dhabi to register, be screened on site and then, if eligible, be invited to return in a few days to take the first shot of the vaccine.

Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare is managing the clinical trial process under the supervision of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi and in coordination with Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha), whose specialized staff runs the on-site operations.

The Phase III clinical trial for the inactivated vaccine follows the success of the Phase I and Phase II trials conducted by Sinopharm in China, which resulted in 100% of the volunteers generating antibodies after two doses in 28 days.

Phase III trials are open to healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 60 living in the UAE and will last between six to eight months, with the volunteers required to be available for follow ups during this time.

Two coronavirus testing centres in Dibba Fujairah

FUJAIRAH: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), represented by the Fujairah Medical Zone, has announced the inauguration of two coronavirus testing centres in Om Dibba and the Fujairah Exhibition Centre in Dibba Fujairah.

The centres, which will perform free coronavirus tests for citizens and residents, were launched in coordination with the Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Team in the emirate, and in cooperation with the Fujairah Foundation for Region Development and the Fujairah Police.

The ministry has cooperated with the Fujairah Government in launching these centres and supplied them with the latest equipment, technologies and qualified medical, nursing and administrative cadres from the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Seha, to serve citizens and residents.

The launch was attended by several directors of government authorities in Fujairah, as well as citizens and residents who came for testing.

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