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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has approved the emergency use of a highly effective new treatment for COVID-19, becoming the first country in the world to both licence and enable immediate patient use.
Endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the new treatment, from globally-leading healthcare company, GSK, "Sotrovimab (Vir-7831" offers the prospect of reducing hospitalisation for more than 24 hours and fatalities by as much as 85% when administered to patients as an early treatment for COVID-19.
The UAE has authorised the emergency use of Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody, for the treatment of patients aged 12 years or older with mild to moderate COVID-19 disease who are at risk of progression to hospitalisation or death.
In pre-clinical studies, Sotrovimab has demonstrated effectiveness as monotherapy against widely circulating variants of the disease.
"It has been noticed that the 20 to 40 age group is the most affected due to the wrong perception that their youth will protect them for being infected," Dr Farida Al Hosani said.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevntion also noted that an additional 2,026 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 389,304.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished current COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.
The case dates back to last February, when reliable information was forwarded to the Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police about a person consuming narcotics and psychotropic substances and possessing a quantity of them in his house in the Palm Island area in Dubai.
The story did not end here but developed from rape into drugs and the victim ended up at the hands of Dubai Police who referred her to the Hemaya International Centre of Dubai Police’s General Department of Anti-narcotics for rehabilitation.
Social media users and residents have called local authorities to honour Matute for his heroic act.