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Laboratories in Abu Dhabi are processing 5,000 -10,000 imported PCR samples a day, as part of the Emirate's contribution to global efforts to combat COVID-19.
The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi said on Thursday that the results of those tests are provided within 24 hours of being received from multiple countries.
The Health Department added that the Emirate has allocated "world-class laboratories" to test the samples with the support of Etihad Airways, provider of diagnostic testing Unilabs, and the logistics company Agility.
Abu Dhabi has allocated modern laboratories to analyse samples collected from outside the UAE, the Department said.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed. Chairman of Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, said that this action stems from the UAE leadership's belief that defeating this pandemic is only possible through humanitarian and international cooperation.
"Today, the carrying capacity of our health institutions are being strengthened with the highest international quality standards for the service of humanity,until we get out of this global crisis," he added.
Mohamed Mubarak bin Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Etihad Aviation Group, said, "As the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, we are proud to be an active partner in coordinating and facilitating the government's pioneering efforts to address this crisis. These efforts include finding flexible solutions to changing requirements, priority shipping and providing practical solutions to global challenges."
Also commenting, Mohamed Daoud, Director General, Unilabs Middle East, said, "We appreciate the tireless efforts made by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi to enhance international cooperation and contribute to combating the epidemic and maintaining the health and safety of populations around the world."
For his part, Eric ten Kate, Vice President, Agility GIL Life Sciences, said, "We are proud of the confidence that the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi has granted Agility to participate in this important mission."
Eric added that such international cooperation and partnerships between the public and private sectors make the world a safer place, which is a fundamental pillar to help overcome the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UAE has conducted more than 29 million COVID-19 tests, on more than 9.5 million people in the UAE placing the country among the countries with the highest rates of COVID-19 screening in the world.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic has updated procedures to enter Abu Dhabi from within the country as part of proactive efforts to contain and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. The new procedures are effective from Sunday, 17 January.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) affirmed in a circular which was sent to all staff the necessity to conduct a weekly PCR test, whose negative result should be submitted on entering the workplace. This, according to the circular includes those who received the first dose of the “COVID-19” vaccine.
The measure aims to enhance precautionary measures as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
The deal arrives just in time for a summit of world leaders hosted by the U.S. government on Thursday and Friday, where the EU and other global powers will promote their pledges to protect the planet.
Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump disengaged from the process.
As aviation industry players have become more optimistic on the resumption of international flights worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a leading European diagnostic service provider, for more ease to passengers required to secure negative Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth and strength of relations between the UAE and Pakistan, which, he said, are longstanding and based on mutual trust and respect. He stressed the two nations’ determination to grow cooperation across all fields for the common good of both nations’ peoples.