A little over a month after the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the UAE, which was given to the country’s Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, has now received it.

Sharing a photo with his 10 million Twitter followers, His Highness revealed his pride for the UAE and also wished everyone “safety and great health”.

“While receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today,” he said. “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.”

At the end of September, the UAE’s health minister received the first dose of the vaccine, and one week later frontline workers including doctors, nurses and police, also began to receive it.

According to health minister Al Owais, the results from the final stages from phase III of the trial, which began on July 16, showcase that the vaccine generates antibodies to the virus and seems to be effective.

“The vaccine’s safety has been reviewed and results show it is safe for use,” Al Owais also said.

The principal investigator and chairperson of the National Clinical Committee for Coronavirus, Dr Nawal Al Kaabi has also previously noted that the initial results are “encouraging”, but that studies will be ongoing.

“The initial results are encouraging in terms of the presence of antibodies in the body,” Dr Al Kaabi said.

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Feature Image: Sheikh Mohammed Twitter