In her post, Her Excellency thanked nurse Ozma, a professional from Lahore, Pakistan who has been working in the UAE for 18 years now, for administering the vaccine and used the hashtag “تم_التطعيم” (meaning vaccinated). This hashtag was also used by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who received the vaccine only two days ago on October 16. “Corona vaccination is our way to return to normal life,” he tweeted alongside a photo of him receiving the vaccine.
— عبدالله بن زايد (@ABZayed) October 16, 2020
This vaccine — which is being administered to the UAE government officials and was given emergency approval for use on frontline workers — was developed by Chinese drug maker Sinopharm, according to the UAE news agency WAM. With over 31,000 volunteers taking part in its trial, the vaccine has undergone extensive widespread testing in the past couple of months in the UAE. Ultimately, it was given approval by the UAE’s government over a few weeks ago. Abdul Rahman Al-Owais, the country’s Minister of Health and Prevention, who was also the first official to receive it, stated that the coronavirus vaccine is “fully and completely compatible with laws and regulations.”
After almost a year of quarantine and social isolation, the potential possibility of the existence and availability of this Covid-19 vaccine is very reassuring and provides a ray of hope for us all. According to Dr Nawal Al-Kaabi, Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the SEHA Infection Control Committee, the initial results of the vaccine are “encouraging,” but studies will remain ongoing.