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Covid-19 in UAE: Ministry of Health Announces the Official Registration of Vaccine with 86% Efficacy Rate

Models wearing masks at the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2021 show. Photo: Supplied

It seems we may be one step closer to the end of the pandemic, as the United Arab Emirates‘ Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has announced the official registration of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, which is found to be 86% effective against the virus.

The announcement came today, Wednesday, December 9, where it was revealed that the Sinopharm vaccine, developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, has received approval from the MOHAP, in what has been described as “a major step towards combating the global pandemic.”

The vaccine was reviewed by the MOHAP, in collaboration with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, where analysis of the phase III trials shows that the inactivated vaccine has proved to have an 86% efficacy rate against the coronavirus, according to WAM. The analysis also showed that the vaccine holds a 99% “seroconversion rate”, which refers to how antibodies develop and build up in the body, as well as 100% effectiveness in “preventing moderate and severe cases of the disease”. Additionally, it has been noted that there were no serious safety concerns found in relation to the vaccine.

Earlier this year, in September, the Sinopharm vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) by MOHAP in order to protect frontline workers who were most at risk of contracting coronavirus. It has since been administered to many frontline medical workers, government health officials, emergency service personnel, as well as a number of government officials including HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HE Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

The approval of the vaccine follows the extensive trialing process in the UAE. Over the summer, the #4Humanity campaign phase III trials involved 31,000 individuals across 125 nationalities in the UAE, volunteer for the human trials phase.

Now, MOHAP’s official registration of the vaccine will surely pave the way for the UAE to become the fastest country in the world to recover from the many impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, as stated by Sheikh Mohammed.

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