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UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman Al Owais, gave an update on measures taken to curb COVID-19 and shared the latest development on the situation.
Al Owais said, “In less than 24 hours since the launch of the registration website, 5,000 volunteers got registered and on Wednesday we have more than 10,000 volunteers who are ready to be part of the COVID-19 vaccine trial.
Trials will be conducted on 15,000 volunteers, including men and women from different nationalities, noting that the number of volunteers reached about 10,000 people already.
“UAE works with international partners to confront the threat of COVID-19 pandemic and develop a safe and effective vaccine. We are progressing in the clinical trial, which covers thousands of volunteers of different nationalities,” Al Owais said.
Al Owais said, “We are proud of all workers from the health sector, and their great efforts in conducting daily thousands of tests since the start of the pandemic. It is thanks to them that the UAE has completed the largest number of tests in relation to the population globally.”
Al Owais stressed that all clinical trials are subject to country regulations, and the strict international guidelines stipulated by the World Health Organisation to ensure the best safety standards for volunteers.
Al Owais added that a hotline was set up to answer volunteers' questions and provide them with support during the various stages of the trials, in addition to providing mobile clinics to ensure easy access to the volunteers.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the efforts of medical, nursing and administrative staff across the UAE, which have been key to containing the spread of COVID-19 and providing the highest level of healthcare to patients.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Sunday that it conducted 152,146 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, the MoHAP announced 944 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 201,836.
The health ministry also reported 3,658 recoveries and 5 deaths due to COVID-19 complications. The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed to Almighty Allah for the speedy recovery of the infected cases.
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