Dubai prime minister injected with trial COVID-19 vaccine
NEWSMAN – United Arab Emirates Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has disclosed that he was injected with COVID-19 trial vaccine produced by the UAE medical teams.
He, however, did not state whether or not the vaccine has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). He also did not reveal his COVID-19 status.
The need for a vaccine has become more urgent globally especially in the wake of a new wave of the pandemic.
More European countries including France, England, Germany, Spain, amongst others, have also imposed different curbs to reduce the rate of new infections, PUNCH reported.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, last week also said the country’s virus-hit economy cannot afford another round of lockdown.
Meanwhile, UN organisation in charge of global health coordination said it will prioritise vulnerable groups when a safe vaccine is found.
“There are currently more than 100 COVID-19 vaccine candidates under development, with a number of these in the human trial phase.
“WHO is working in collaboration with scientists, business, and global health organizations through the ACT Accelerator to speed up the pandemic response.
“When a safe and effective vaccine is found, COVAX (led by WHO, GAVI and CEPI) will facilitate the equitable access and distribution of these vaccines to protect people in all countries. People most at risk will be prioritised,” WHO wrote on its website.