The United Arab Emirates faced the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic with a comprehensive and tight strategy, through which it was able to be at the forefront of countries that successfully confronted the pandemic and limited its negative effects to the maximum extent in all fields. The health sector has resisted admirably and played its role on The most complete face in light of the durability of its infrastructure and the huge resources it possesses on the financial and human levels.
The UAE has actively contributed to the international efforts to confront the pandemic, providing a lot of aid to many countries around the world to support the capacity of their health sectors and improve their effectiveness in facing the pandemic. Since the start of this crisis, it has provided more than 1,700 tons of aid to more than 128 countries, from which about 1.7 million medical workers. The UAE, through its research institutions and the academic expertise it possesses, has played an active role in the scientific efforts to study the “Covid-19” virus and manufacture its own vaccines.
Just as the UAE has successfully faced the pandemic, it is currently implementing a distinct strategy for vaccination against Corona, as the concerned institutions have taken the initiative to provide the vaccine for free to citizens and residents who wish to take it, so that the country is at the forefront of countries that have taken this step, as few countries around the world have been able So far, to provide the vaccine to their residents, while several countries have not yet been able to obtain vaccines for their citizens.
The state has made it easier for those wishing to take the vaccine to obtain it easily and without much trouble, as it has provided it in many public and private hospitals, health centers and councils that operate throughout the Emirates with a flexible working system that allows all members of society to go to these sites to receive the vaccine at a time. Appropriate for them.
While the state has made taking the vaccine optional, it urges, through various methods, the members of society to take this step, because this is the way to recover from the pandemic and return life to normal. Our honorable sheikhs provided an example that should be emulated in this context through their initiative to take the vaccine and preceded others in this context, and to confirm that the vaccine is safe, and to refute the rumors that were released regarding the vaccines that were manufactured to counter this deadly virus. The media plays an important role in supporting the implementation of the vaccination strategy implemented by the country by explaining the paramount importance of taking the vaccine. The UAE is seeking to achieve an ambitious goal in this field, which is to vaccinate about 50 percent of the population during the first quarter of this year, and this goal will be achieved in light of the complete seriousness with which the relevant institutions in the country deal with and the great cooperation shown by all segments of society. With great efforts made in this regard. As of last Tuesday, the number of people who received the vaccine reached more than two million, and the rate of vaccine distribution reached about 21 doses for every 100 people, so that the UAE set a new record in the race for vaccination against Corona.
The institutions participating in the vaccination process are working to continuously develop their strategy to ensure the continuous activation of this strategy and keep it abreast of all developments, and in this context, the Ministry of Health and Community Protection announced last Sunday the update of the groups that can take the vaccine, as all citizens and residents starting from the age of 16 years were included. For eligible groups who meet the requirements for taking the vaccine within the national campaign for the “Covid-19” vaccine, this comes as confirmation of the UAE’s proactive approach to caring for the health and safety of every member of society.
This distinguished strategy that the UAE pursues to vaccinate community members, both citizens and residents, will record new success in facing the “Covid-19” pandemic, and the state will continue its remarkable achievements in the siege of this pandemic to become in a short period of time in history. For the country to continue its development path, which has become a role model.
* From the “News of the Hour” bulletin issued by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.