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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 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.
The Dubai’s COVID-19 Command and Control Centre has issued the first update of laboratory testing standards for the virus, to ensure the highest levels of safety and quality for COVID-19 testing services in health facilities licenced by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed expressed his thanks to Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad for his congratulations and the sincere fraternal feelings he showed, wishing the brotherly State of Qatar and its people further progress and development.
Sheikh Sultan’s statement reads, “The Ruler of Sharjah congratulates Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his appointment as Vice President."
Sheikh Mohammed said, “I congratulate my brothers Sheikh Hazaa, Sheikh Tahnoun, Sheikh Mansour and Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed for the confidence in the President of the State. In you and your brothers, the leaders of the new generation, the march continues.”