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Dubai begins a free coronavirus vaccination campaign from today
Middle East & Africa

Dubai begins a free coronavirus vaccination campaign from today

Coronavirus Vaccination Campaign: Dubai has begun the free rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against SARS-Cov-2 from today. The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine arrived on Dec 22 via Emirates aircraft SkyCargo in Dubai from Brussels. Emirates are one of the leading nations to enroll and approve it.

On Tuesday, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management’s statement announced that the immunization campaign on Covid-19 will commence in Dubai on Wednesday. 

However, there are certain measures that need to be adhered to before residents book an appointment with licensed medical care centers. When anyone will call the hotline number 800342, the IVR will guide them to a voice that will explain the vaccination process.

Currently, the vaccine is prioritized for senior citizens, and for Dubai residents that have valid emirate visas, and for people with chronic ailments over the age of 18. 

To book an appointment, the residents would need to provide a Medical Record Number (MRN). Those that do not have MRN can write to [email protected] for the same by adding a copy of Emirate ID (front and back) along with the mobile number. 

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism stated that the emirate will start international tourism from Dec. 24 as Abu Dhabi was successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping a low rate in confirmed cases. 

The total number of Covid cases in the nation presently remains at 195,878, and the loss of life is 642 as per MOHAP. 1,611 individuals recuperated during the past 24 hours, carrying the absolute number of recoveries to 171,451. 

It is mandatory that all visitors take a PCR test on the 6th day of their stay in the emirate if they wish to stay for six successive days or more, and get tested on the twelfth day if they wish to stay for 12 days or more, expressed the official government Twitter handle. 

The UAE government asked the citizens to try not to spread rumors about the new Covid variant strain and to continue taking all precautionary measures. 

Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge stated on Monday, all kids of 12 years and above will need to get a PCR test done if they wish to attend schools during the next term, which starts on Jan. 3.

 The PCR tests will be free of cost on a particular date for each school from Dec. 21 to 31 at assigned screening centers, the Authority added. 

This is the second immunization rollout in the nation following the UAE started regulating China’s Sinopharm vaccine to all residents and citizens free of cost, which began on December 9. 

The mRNA shot which is developed by the US drug company Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech will be given free to residents. For long-term stockpiling, the Pfizer immunization must be kept at – 70°C, which needs extraordinary cooling devices.

The Sinopharm vaccine is 86 percent efficient, as per UAE officials, whereas, the Pfizer vaccine test shows 95 percent efficiency after two dosages.

UAE continue to help countries in need, together we win against COVID-19
Middle East & Africa

UAE continue to help countries in need, together we win against COVID-19

Friends recognize each other in times of need, the ancient Romans said. And that is why the United Arab Emirates and its leadership have not hesitated in extending a helping hand to neighboring and distant countries in need among the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the UAE has sent over 646 metric tons of aid to 55 countries, supporting more than 646,000 medical professionals in the process.

On May 25, the UAE sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. An aid plane departed from Dubai last week delivered seven metric tons of medical supplies to Union of the Comoros, assisting 7,000 medical professionals.

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, also delivered the third shipment of classroom seating supplies to Sudan. Catering to the needs of 150,000 students across the country, the support aims to help Sudan advance its educational infrastructure. ADFD dispatched 540,000 tonnes of wheat worth $150 million to Sudan to meet its urgent food needs.

According to UAE official news agency, taking the total value of assistance provided by ADFD to support the educational sector in Sudan to AED55 million (US$15 million), the latest shipment includes seating supplies for 400,000 students in various states of Sudan. This shipment is part of the US$1.5 billion aid package approved by the UAE in April 2019 to support Sudan’s economic and financial stability. As part of this grant, the UAE deposited US$250 million into the Central Bank of Sudan to foster the country’s economic and financial stability.

The aid package also included US$11 million support for Sudan’s agricultural sector, as well as 136 tonnes of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to support the country’s healthcare sector. All these aids aimed to help the country accelerate sustainable economic and social development.

“We are honoured to extend assistance to Gambia today as part of the UAE’s efforts to enhance the campaign against COVID-19 throughout Africa.” Omar AlMeheiri, Charge d’Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Senegal, said commenting recent UAE humanitarian aid to Gambia, including 4 thousand of medical supplies and personal protections for 4,000 doctors and nurses. “Protecting frontline medical professionals around the world is a main pillar of the UAE’s strategy to help other countries overcome this crisis,” he added.

Also, the Prime Minister of Albania Edvin Rama has sent a message of sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressing his gratitude to the UAE’s support for his country after the UAE sent seven metric tons of medical supplies to Tirana on May 15.
On the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the monitoring of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, the ERC distributed 770.4 tonnes of food aid to the residents of Hadramaut Governorate, Yemen, during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The ERC intensified its relief and humanitarian efforts to help residents, under the framework of an urgent humanitarian plan to aid families directly affected by the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. They distributed a total 18,000 food parcels benefitting 90,000 people. In detail, it distributed 2,500 food parcels weighing 107 tonnes to 12,500 people in the districts of Adh Dhlia’ah and Dawan, as well as 1,400 food parcels in Hajr District weighing 5,992 tonnes, benefitting 7,000 people. Since the beginning of 2020, the ERC has distributed 25,410 food parcels weighing 1369.128 tonnes in Hadramaut, benefitting 127,050 needy families.

The numerous initiatives undertaken by the UAE leadership, to globally combat the spread of COVID-19, confirm that UAE’s assistance has only humanitarian purposes. The Emirates offered their genuine and unconditional help to all populations in need, without considering the political orientation of their governments. This global approach on fighting the common enemy, called COVID-19, allowed to save millions lives around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is a colossal test of leadership, UAE showed decisive, coordinated and innovative action from all, and for all, confident that we can be stronger together.

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