HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, shared an inspiring message on the gradual return to normalcy in the UAE. “We overcame the Covid-19 crisis and learned many lessons from the experience. As life in the UAE begins to return to normal, we give thanks to God,” he said.
In a meeting at the Qasr Al Bahr Majlis, Sheikh Mohamed stressed the importance of maintaining safety precautions when Covid-19 restrictions have slowly eased in the UAE, including workplaces and educational institutions. His Highness also reflected on the contributing causes to this change, namely continued testing and availability of not only vaccines but also medically advanced treatments. He went on to commend the efforts of the medical teams and members of the public in response to the pandemic and reducing its impact.
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He said, “2020 was a tough year with many challenges. However, the UAE, with the grace of God, was able to be at the forefront of countries that managed to overcome the crisis, at a time other countries were facing a lot of difficulties.”
As of Wednesday, the UAE has recorded 156 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in an 18-month span. The national vaccination campaign is well underway, with 94.78% of the population in the UAE, received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 84.3% who are fully vaccinated. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has also introduced booster doses of both the Pfizer BioNTech and the Sputnik V vaccines to residents and citizens who fall under certain categories.