İrem UZUN -TDO- UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum received the trial coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. The prime minister posted an image on Twitter with a caption saying “while receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today. We wish everyone safety and great health, and we are proud of our teams who have worked relentlessly to make the vaccine available in the UAE. The future will always be better in the UAE.”
PM is the latest person to receive the vaccine after dozens of other Emirati officials. On October 16, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the UAE, received the vaccine, followed by Mohammed Abdullah al-Gergawi, the UAE minister for cabinet affairs. Front-line healthcare workers in the UAE also got the shot, according to local media reports.
The Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm’s vaccine is now in the third and final stage of clinical trials and has so far been found safe and effective, local media reported, citing the authorities. The vaccine is compatible with the country’s laws, the country’s minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman Al-Owais, who was also the first to receive a vaccine, said. The UAE has so far recorded 135,141 COVID-19 infections and 497 deaths, according to data collected by the World Health Organization.