The UAE has announced it has approved a Covid-19 vaccine for front-line workers to be deployed from Monday.
The UAE was one of the first countries to enter the final stages of phase III clinical trials. And they found that the vaccine was effective and had a strong response to the virus.
“The vaccine’s safety has been reviewed and results show it is safe for use,” said Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention during the live press briefing.
The UAE tested the vaccine on 31,000 people from 125 different countries during the six-week trials. And they also tested the vaccine on those who suffer from chronic diseases. And the results were impressive.
“The preliminary results are encouraging, however, studies will continue. Side effects are simple and come as expected just like any other vaccine. No dangerous side effects or symptoms have been reported,” according to Dr Nawal Al-Kaabi, Chairperson of the National Clinical Committee for Coronavirus.
The news comes as the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention reported its highest rate of infection since the pandemic started.
Over 1,000 cases were reported on Saturday. It’s the first time that the infection rate has passed the 1,000 mark in the UAE since the pandemic started.