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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Government of Abu Dhabi has announced that it will become a global hub of vaccine distribution.
The Abu Dhabi media office said, “Tackling global challenges through public-private partnerships, the Abu Dhabi-led “Hope Consortium” has been launched to enable the global distribution of 18 billion COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021. Through its partners Department of Health, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Ports, the consortium offers a complete supply chain solution.
“Using its collective expertise, the Hope Consortium will move and store more than 6 billion doses – whether in single or multi doses – in cold and ultra-cold conditions, rising to over 18 billion doses by the end of next year.”
On the other hand, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for Covid-19 pandemic approved special measures for participants in the Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine or the National Vaccination Programme.
The special measures for participants in the Phase III clinical trials apply from the first dose, while for National Vaccination Programme participants they apply 28 days after the second dose.
Vaccine trial participants are identified by a gold star in the Alhosn app.
When travelling from abroad, they must take a PCR test before travelling and upon entry into the emirate but are not required to quarantine.
Participants in the vaccination programme are identified by the letter E in the Alhosn app. When travelling from abroad, they must take a PCR test before travelling, upon entry into the emirate and on the 4th and 8th days after entry. They are not required to quarantine.
All participants are not required to take a test to enter from within the UAE. The special measures are only valid if the participant’s Alhosn app shows their special status, which is linked to taking a PCR test every fortnight.
The new centre opens at a time when the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has encouraged all commercial and industrial companies to ensure their employees are tested.
The UAE surpassed developed countries, such as Singapore, Canada, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
MoHAP also announced the death of three patients as a result of COVID-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 375, it added.
Lengthy pandemic school closures have cost students trillions of dollars in lifetime earnings, the World Bank and UN agencies said on Monday, warning that the crisis has worsened since last year.
The Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a post on its official account on Facebook: “With high professionalism and extensive intelligence work, the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency in the Ministry of Interior continues to perform its duties, as it was able to uncover a mysterious murder of a burnt and charred man of unknown identity and features, lying on the edge of a river in Al-Haritha district, Basra Governorate.”
Khawla Abdul Rahman Bin Hadda confirmed that the scholarship programmes for outstanding Emirati male and female students come within the framework of the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, to support outstanding students, especially national service graduates.
Prof. Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats.