The UAE Is Currently Testing Two Different COVID-19 Vaccines

BY Laura Kell / Jul 13 2020 / 22:43 PM

Human trials could be conducted in the near future as 15,000 volunteers have confirmed their interest in participating in the testing phases, according to The National

The UAE Is Currently Testing Two Different COVID-19 Vaccines

The UAE could be leading the way when it comes to developing not one, but two COVID-19 vaccines.

In a media briefing on July 13 in Abu Dhabi Abdulrahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health and Prevention, said the Emirates are researching two types of vaccines with about 15,000 volunteers willing to participate in trials, according to The National.

“The best scientific standards for medical studies will be followed and guaranteed, and if the safety and efficacy of the vaccine is proven during this phase, the test will be considered successful," the Minister said according to Gulf News.

The UAE is currently in its third stage of vaccine trials. Oxford University announced it was to begin Phase II/III of human trials for its novel coronavirus vaccine on May 22.

While there is still no vaccine available that has proven to provide a degree of immunity to the novel coronavirus the UAE recently approved Remdesivir, the first drug shown to be effective in treating cases of the virus. The Emirates have also been conducting research into stem cell therapy treatment, which has shown positive results in treating patients who were battling the novel coronavirus.

It was reported the UAE registered 344 new cases, 373 recoveries and one death from the novel coronavirus on Monday.

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