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UAE Announces Emergency Approval for Use of COVID-19 Vaccine

UAE Announces Emergency Approval for Use of COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday, 14 September, 2020 - 17:00
Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais announced Monday that the country has authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine.

He stressed that this emergency use of the vaccine is fully and completely compatible with the regulations and laws that allow a faster review of licensing procedures.

“The vaccine will be available to our first line of defense heroes who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus,” said the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in a tweet.

Al Owais confirmed that the UAE’s leadership has taken an integrated set of wise decisions to deal with the pandemic since the beginning of its spread in the country and has made all efforts to support the health sector by providing all resources needed, while supporting scientific progress to find effective and definitive solutions.

Al-Owais confirmed that the results from final stages of the third phase trials showed that the vaccine is safe, effective and resulted in a strong response through the generation of antibodies against the virus.

Studies related to the safety of vaccination were reviewed, and that this process is carried out under the strict supervision of medical teams throughout the study, reported the UAE news agency (WAM).

The health authorities follow all procedures for controlling the quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

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