UAE leaders congratulate citizens and residents

On breakthrough Covid-19 treatment

ABU DHABI 2 May 2020: Citizens and residents of the UAE were congratulated by UAE leaders on the breakthrough made by a team of doctors and researchers at Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center (ADSCC), in developing a promising treatment for Covid-19 infections using stem cells.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Presidentn and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, thanked, on behalf of the people of the UAE, the team of doctors, researchers and support staff at ADSCC for their efforts in making this scientific breakthrough.

This, they said, will add to the global efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure the health and safety of the people of the world, said Wam.

They emphasised that people’s health and safety are given top priority in the UAE’s plans and strategies and that the country will continue to enhance its proactive measures and initiatives to ensure safety of its citizens, residents and visitors.

Their Highnesses also underlined the early precautionary and preventive measures taken by the UAE since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

They praised the efforts of all sectors and entities and their staff for performing their duties at the highest possible level of efficiency, responsibility and professionalism in these critical times. They paid special tribute to the front-line heroes of healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, and paramedics.

Breakthrough Covid-19 treatment shows promising initial results

A patent has been granted by the Ministry of Economy for the treatment for Covid-19 infections using stem cells. The treatment involves extracting stem cells from the patient’s own blood and reintroducing them after activating them. The patent was granted for the innovative method in which the stem cells are collected.

The treatment was administered in the UAE to 73 Covid-19 patients who have all been successfully treated and cured of the virus by inhaling the treatment into their lungs after it has been nebulized into a fine mist. It is hypothesized to have its therapeutic effect by regenerating lung cells and modulating the immune response to keep it from overreacting to the Covid-19 infection and causing further damage to healthy cells.

Clinical trials

The treatment has successfully undergone the initial phase of clinical trials, demonstrating its safety. None of the patients who have received the treatment reported immediate adverse effects and there have been no interactions found with the conventional treatment protocols for Covid-19 patients. Trials to demonstrate the efficacy of the treatment are ongoing and are expected to be completed in a couple of weeks.

It is worth noting that the treatment has been given to patients along with the conventional medical intervention and will continue to be applied as an adjunct to established treatment protocols rather than as a replacement.

This treatment is an addition to the arsenal of interventions and is representative of the concerted effort and commitment of the UAE government to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. Non-pharmacological interventions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 such as staying at home, social distancing and infection prevention and control measures remain necessary to reduce the burden of the disease on the healthcare system.

The Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center is a specialist healthcare center that focuses on cell therapy, regenerative medicine and cutting-edge research on stem cells.



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