In a hopeful message on the Covid-19 pandemic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has shared that “the worst has passed.” He added that the UAE has worked as a collective unit and built a universal pandemic response model, in a recent Cabinet meeting held in Abu Dhabi. Some of the topics discussed in the meeting included the development of the support procedures of the medical sector and a brief about key reports, including one that covered the plans of action undertaken by the government in order to ensure the health and safety of all.
Additionally, the Cabinet also introduced new initiatives and policies with the goal of streamlining work in various sectors, issued a resolution with federal law regulations for the pharmaceutical industry. “We have approved the policies regulating medical and pharmaceutical products in the country, to ensure the quality of all national medical supplies at all times around the country,” HH Sheikh Mohammed added. A resolution regarding the adoption of a unified health protocol for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nation border ports was also passed by the Cabinet. The protocol would be in accordance with WHO guidelines.
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The daily number of new Covid-19 cases in the UAE has been below 1,000 since August 24. A total of 18 million doses of the vaccine has been administered, with 75.6% of the UAE population fully vaccinated, according to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.
Ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai, the emirate has been making significant changes. The new academic year in Dubai has commenced with a return to in-person learning. Students who have opted for remote learning can do so until October 3. More recently, the UAE has begun issuing visit visas to travelers who have been vaccinated with a World Health Organization-approved vaccine.