UAE approves vaccine for healthcare workers

The United Arab Emirates have approved the coronavirus vaccine for immediate use by healthcare workers.

“The vaccine will be available to the heroes who are on the front line (in the fight against the pandemic) and who are most at risk of contracting the virus”the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) tweeted on Monday.

According to NCEMA, 31,000 volunteers have already participated in clinical trials of vaccination. The third phase of the vaccine is being tested, but no side effects have been reported to date.

The third phase of testing, which began in 10 million Gulf countries in July, concerns the vaccine, developed by Sinopharm, a Chinese government-owned pharmaceutical company.

“The clinical trials of the third phase are continuing (in the Emirates) under the strict supervision of the medical teams”, said NCEMA.

“The results of clinical trials in our country are on track and all tests have been successful so far”, underlined the same body.

The vaccine has been tested on 31,000 volunteers nationwide, with only “mild and expected” side effects, NCEMA said, adding that 1,000 volunteers with chronic illnesses showed “no complications.”

The United Arab Emirates recently saw an increase in coronavirus cases. Last week, the country recorded 5,812 new infections, 80,266 since Monday and 399 deaths since the start of the epidemic. Authorities in Abu Dhabi say the country has carried out more than 8.2 million tests.

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