The UAE government has announced that the country’s frontline health workers will be the first recipient of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inactivated vaccine—which has now been allowed for use in cases of emergency.
H.E. Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, said in the recent media briefing released on Emirates News Agency that the first recipients of the vaccine will be the frontline workers due to their daily exposure to COVID-19 patients.
“The first recipients of the vaccine will be the frontline health workers because they are interacting with COVID-19 patients and they are exposed to the risk,” he said.
MoHAP said on September 14 that it will now allow use of the inactivated vaccine in cases of emergency in line with the government’s keenness to protect the safety and wellbeing of its residents, as well the recent success of the clinical trials of the said vaccine.
It added that experts have also made sure that the shot is safe even in emergency cases, and that the manufacturing company is now working on getting the license and registration for the said vaccine.
Minister of Health His Excellency Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis said that their study of the third phase of the vaccine showed that it has been proven safe during trials, and that it has been tested to generate an effective immune response against the disease by creating antibodies to fight the virus.
The ministry also noted that, aside from minimal pain in the throat, they did not record any serious side effects that require medical intervention, and that the preliminary results are positive—with volunteers successfully generating antibodies against the virus.
“The studies conducted by our research, health and scientific sectors will contribute to having a safe and efficient vaccine the soonest possible. What we need with these positive steps today of these clinical trials, is that you continue complying with the precautionary measures to ensure safety and wellbeing of all,” said Dr. Farida Al Hosani, UAE’s official spokesperson for the health sector.