UAE approves Moderna; posts 1,599 new cases

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 5 July 2021: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has approved the emergency registration of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The decision was made following the completion of clinical trials and a strict assessment conducted to approve the local emergency use of the vaccine, as well as the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Attracting and providing efficient vaccines is part of the UAE’s commitment to promoting the effective response to the pandemic, said Dr. Mohamed Salim Al-Olama, Under-Secretary of MoHAP, emphasising that such step is a crucial stage to enhance the prevention and accelerate the pace of approaching the recovery phase and community immunisation.

Al-Olama noted that the notable increase in Covid-19 vaccine shots that amounted to about 15 million doses reflects the fruitful efforts and outcomes of the national vaccination campaign, as well as the UAE’s distinctive march to counter the pandemic, reach the recovery phase, and cultivate the spirit of optimism in society, said official news agency Wam.

Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Health Regulatory Sector, said the decision was taken after Moderna has submitted all the documents that fulfil the country’s procedures and regulations and conform to global standards for safety of the vaccine and its use. He added this enables local health authorities to import the vaccine after fulfilling shipping-related safety and efficacy standards.

A review of studies on vaccine safety was made based on the FDA approval, said Al Amiri, pointing out that the clinical trials have shown that the vaccine is safe and effective, and is triggering an immune response, in addition to producing Covid-19 antibodies.

1,599 new cases, 1,570 recoveries, 3 deaths

MoHAP conducted 254,639 ovid-19 tests and announced 1,599 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 639,476.

MoHAP also announced three deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,834.

The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 1,570 individuals had fully recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 617,767.

The total number of vaccine doses provided stands at 15,534,207 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 157.06 doses per 100 people.