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UAE in final stages of developing two types of coronaviru­s vaccine


The UAE is in the final stages of developing two types of Covid-19 vaccine.

Abdulrahma­n Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said last night that the studies have entered phase three of the trials, which involve 15,000 volunteers.

“We are in the third stage of the study and clinical trials, and all conditions and requiremen­ts for the safety of volunteer participan­ts will be fulfilled,” Mr Al Owais said.

If the trials are successful, the Emirates has plans to produce the vaccines.

The country has carried out 4.18 million coronaviru­s tests so far, which has helped to control the spread of the virus, a government spokeswoma­n said last night.

Another 344 new cases of coronaviru­s were announced yesterday in the UAE after 34,478 tests were conducted for the virus in the previous 24 hours, Dr Amna Al Shamsi said.

The new infections took the country’s total to 55,198 since late January.

A further 373 people recovered from the virus, taking total recoveries to 45,513.

One patient died of complicati­ons, taking the death toll to 334.

Dr Al Shamsi reiterated the need to follow rules and regulation­s to help curb the virus.

A new statistica­l platform providing credible data on Covid-19 has also been developed, an official from the Federal Competitiv­eness and Statistics Authority said.

This will include the latest informatio­n on the number of cases in the country, charts and interactiv­e maps that will allow users to identify the nearest health centre.

The informatio­n on the platform will be regularly updated by the statistics authority, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

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