New strain of coronavirus: UAE authorities highlight importance of vaccine in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

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Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) reiterated the importance of getting the vaccine in its latest briefing. Authorities on Tuesday said the vaccine was the only way to control and combat the severity and spread of the disease, given the new mutations in the virus and the expected effects.

NCEMA also said, regarding the elderly in the UAE: “Help us protect you, we can visit you at home to assess your condition and provide you with the vaccine.”

New strains of COVID-19 have been detected in several countries around the world, health sector spokesperson Farida Al Hosani said in a weekly briefing. “The emergence of new strains is expected, but the most important thing is to continue efforts to identify any changes in the structure of the virus or its properties through surveillance and health monitoring systems,” she said. .

She added that UAE health authorities continue to focus on early detection and rapid response to reduce the spread of the disease through contact tracing, isolation and quarantine procedures.

“The healthcare sector in the UAE has proven its ability to fight the virus and its ability to control it by increasing the capacities and capacity of hospitals, health centers and laboratories, as well as taking a proactive approach in the creation of screening centers and field hospitals. She added.

“Let us not forget the great role of the community in supporting and completing these efforts with their commitment and cooperation, they are integral to the success of the UAE,” said Dr Farida, adding that these efforts carry their fruits today. result of the direction of our leadership in providing the vaccine to all segments of society, including our elderly, those with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups. This proves the efficacy and safety of the vaccine available in the UAE.

She noted that national and local efforts have been combined to deliver the vaccine by increasing the number of health centers in the UAE to more than 150 medical centers, spread across the UAE.

“Our message today is to a group dear to our hearts that we prioritize their health and safety, they are the blessing and the light in every home, our elders. We gave them priority to the availability of the vaccine, ”added Dr Farida.

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