The United Arab Emirates reported 3,977 Covid-19 cases and 4,075 recoveries on Wednesday. Moreover, 12 deaths were also reported. As the country works towards the elimination of the coronavirus pandemic, with several residents waiting to or having received the jab, UAE is considering making its own Covid-19 vaccine in the future. “There has been a lot of expectation from the UAE of different stakeholders. Our leadership position is to provide as much support to international community. However, we are not a vaccine manufacturer and we are building up capacity for future manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccine as well,” said Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the UAE health department, during a panel discussion this week.
“A long-term strategic vision is there to support international community. We are having many conversations on how best the UAE can support different countries with the vaccine supply network, infrastructure, sharing knowledge and other different means,” she added. Hosani mentioned that UAE’s priority is to secure the vaccines for residents as early as possible, through discussions with various vaccine manufactures.
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“The UAE has been working during the whole Covid-19 period to provide aid and support to different countries through international collaboration. The UAE leadership has been trying to work out a balance between ensuring the availability of vaccine for our society and also working with international community to ensure availability to other countries,” she stated. Speaking about the logistical part of the vaccine, Hosani noted, “We are engaged in the discussion with other countries on how to support with logistics parts of the vaccine as the UAE has strong infrastructure, strong international connectivity and storage facilities. We are already regional hub of many pharmaceutical vaccines for commercial use.”