The UAE has stolen a march over other countries in the quest for a vaccine against Covid-19 with the launch of final phase 3 human trials. Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Group 42 and Chinese pharmaceutical major Sinopharm are partnering for the study that will rope in 15,000 volunteers to further test the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. It will test two vaccine strains and a placebo. Two doses three weeks apart will be administered and volunteers followed for a year, said Nawal Al Kaabi, head of the UAE’s Covid-19 Clinical Management Committee. Volunteers should be 18 to 60 years of age with no serious underlying medical issues and without previous Covid-19 infection, Al Kaabi said.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday reported 281 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 994 recoveries. The new cases were detected through additional 48,000 tests. The UAE once again recorded no deaths in the past 24 hours.
Abu Dhabi is all set to reopen more public beaches and parks with Covid-19 safety measures – after announcing reopening of some beaches and parks earlier in July. Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport announced the reopening of more public parks and beaches in the capital, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah at 40 per cent capacity as part of the the second stage of reopening following an extensive sterilisation process. Precautionary measures will include thermal cameras at entrances to check temperatures with only a maximum of four people allowed per group. All beachgoers must wear masks, and showers will be closed.
To see the full article please visit the website Khaleej Times.com