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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has begun a Sinopharm immune bridge study for children aged 3-17.
It will monitor the immune response to the vaccine in 900 children aged 3-17, of different nationalities and with parental consent.
This follows the vaccine’s effectiveness in reducing the infection rate and severity of symptoms among target groups.
Approved by Department of Health- Abu Dhabi under the supervision of MOHAP, the study is a significant next step in combating the pandemic and providing protection for all.
The study is in line with the UAE’s long-term recovery plan, which is based on vaccinating 100 per cent of the targeted groups by end of 2021.
The study’s preliminary results will be announced once available and will support planning for the safe return to schools.
Dr Nawal Al Kaabi, Chairwoman of the National COVID-19 Clinical Management Committee and Principal Investigator of the Sinopharm immune bridge study for children, who leads the Sinopharm immune bridge study for children, said the study aims to ensure children can receive the vaccine safely and all care will be given to young volunteers during the study.
Dr Ahmed Deemas Alsuwaidi, Associate Professor of Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the United Arab Emirates University, affirmed that research so far has shown that COVID-19 vaccines are remarkably effective and safe.
Dr Ahmed Alsuwaidi added that the Sinopharm vaccine is similar in concept to other vaccines children have been safely receiving for multiple diseases and viruses for generations.
“Despite the low number of positive cases among children, vaccination is very important due to the return of students to schools next year,” the official said during the briefing.
Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, says country is approaching 7 million vaccines in more than 205 medical centres in different regions of the country.
The units will provide 'mobile and rapid solutions for early diagnosis and vaccinations' in different regions of the Emirate of Ajman.
In co-operation with SPEA, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in Sharjah has decided that government and private nurseries are all set for reopening on Sunday (March 28, 2021).
This decision has been made after a number of inspection and monitoring visits, ensuring compliance with the precautionary measures and procedures, and a safe environment for children.
The Ministry stressed in a statement its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
The reopening of the facilities will enable the gradual return of 40 plus international carriers that are currently operating at Terminals 2 and 3 back to their home terminal at DXB.
It also indicated that the product is not allowed for sale in the UAE, pointing out that the product may enter the country with those coming from abroad, or it may be purchased via the Internet and social networking websites.