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UAE taking confident steps towards recovering from COVID-19: Minister of Industry
Jan 13, 2021 12:17
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, has said that thanks to the efficient handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the UAE leadership, the country is now taking confident steps towards recovery.
In a speech on the occasion of the launch of the national campaign for the COVID-19 vaccine, Al Jaber also said that the way the UAE handled the crises has demonstrated the efficiency of its national institutions, making it an example to be emulated. "The UAE was one of the first countries that was keen to provide the vaccine, in line with the leadership's conviction that that the health and safety of people is a top priority.
The first phase began with providing the vaccine to frontline heroes, followed by the launch of a national COVID-19 vaccine campaign by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and local health authorities," Dr. Al Jaber said.
He explained, "The campaign targeted elderly citizens, residents and people most vulnerable to the disease.
The vaccine is now available to all members of the public, demonstrating yet again the UAE's proactive approach in looking after the health and safety of every member of the community." The Minister added, "The campaign reflects the distinguished national efforts and the advanced capabilities of the country's systems, which through its rapid response to the pandemic has proven its ability to safeguard the public and move towards the recovery phase full of positivity, confidence and optimism."
He stressed that the UAE is unique and proactive in providing the vaccine free of charge to all citizens and residents. He said that the trials, research and studies have confirmed the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine, including for the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
Dr. Al Jaber shared that he has already taken the two doses of the vaccine, and urged people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities, so that "we can all overcome this stage and move forward towards a comprehensive recovery."