UAE faces rise in viral infections with preventative system

Sharjah24 – WAM: Dr Noura Al Ghaithi, UAE health sector spokesperson, said the UAE, due to guidance from its leaders, is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic at levels local and international.
She noted that as the world sees a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, several countries have announced states of emergency and extreme medical preparedness, especially during the holiday season. “The UAE is tackling this increase in the number of cases with advanced medical prevention systems. All national medical teams are fully prepared for all possible scenarios, raising awareness in the community, implementing preventive measures and regularly testing and providing vaccines. “

During the UAE government’s press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Al Ghaithi said the country is fully prepared for this situation and its medical teams are prepared for all possible scenarios.

She also pointed out that the emergence of the new variant has led many countries to take additional precautions. In this context, the competent health authorities of the United Arab Emirates have stressed the importance of vaccine booster shots to strengthen acquired community immunity.

“These national efforts continue the series of proactive measures taken by the country since the onset of the pandemic, and all federal and local sectors have played their proactive roles in implementing procedures and strategies in record time in all areas in terms of rapid response, surveillance, treatment, monitoring, clinical trials and scientific development, ”she added.

She also pointed out that the health sector continues its efforts to achieve herd immunity by making vaccines available to all, 100 percent of the population having received the first dose of the vaccine and 91.80 percent are fully vaccinated.

Dr Al Ghaithi then highlighted the important and comprehensive efforts of the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The country yesterday authorized the emergency use of the new Sinopharm protein vaccine as a booster.

The Sinopharm protein vaccine uses proteins from the spinal cord that surround the Covid-19 virus. It allows the body to identify the virus and fight it off when exposed, which will help prevent multiple variants, she added.

“The Sinopharm protein vaccine and other Sinopharm vaccines are effective in producing antibodies. However, the new protein vaccine may achieve more comprehensive results to ensure greater efficacy in preventing variants,” said she added.

Dr Al Ghaithi noted that the protein-based vaccine had been approved, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, after strict monitoring and evaluation of trials that took place in the United Arab Emirates.

The vaccine will be offered as a booster to those who have received the Sinopharm vaccine from early 2022, she said, highlighting reports highlighting that the UAE leads other countries in terms of rates of vaccination, with over 22.5 million doses delivered to date. .

“The new Sinopharm protein vaccine can be given to people over the age of 18 as a booster shot six months after receiving the Sinopharm vaccine, and has been shown to provide a new level of immunity against the variants. SARS-CoV-2, “she said.

“Pregnant women, nursing mothers and those planning to become pregnant in six months are exempt from the aforementioned vaccine and may receive other types of authorized vaccines. People who are allergic to the contents of the vaccine are also exempt,” she said. added.

She explained that the side effects of the new protein vaccine are similar to the side effects of other vaccines, including headache, pain in the vaccinated area, and exhaustion with possible fever.

She stressed that booster injections are among the critical factors that help protect the health and safety of the community, as they play a crucial role in strengthening herd immunity.

Dr Al Ghaithi highlighted the fact that infections increased in late 2020 and early 2021 after vacation and back to school, after which coronavirus cases in January 2021 reached 3,090 and 3,140 in February 202.

Hazza Al Mansouri, official spokesperson for the education sector, presented the updated information on preventive measures from the Ministry of Education.

He stressed that the education sector was ready to face any emergency after a thorough monitoring of the crisis.

He said the country is continuously monitoring the pandemic and its progress, especially during the current period, to facilitate the safe return of academics and ensure the public health and safety of students, teachers and education staff.

He also noted that education in the UAE will switch to a distance learning system in the first two weeks of the second term, effective January 3, 2022. He explained that this applies to schools, universities. and training centers at the country level, while specializations based on practical activities, laboratories, clinical exercises in universities and training centers will be subject to hybrid learning systems.

He pointed out that the ministry has adopted several controls to make the educational process work in the coming period. All students are required to provide negative PCR test results (taken within 96 hours) upon resumption. He added that the Green Pass system will be applicable to the entry of parents to educational institutions.

He said these standards could be subject to change based on requirements communicated by health authorities and in coordination with each emirate’s emergency and crisis teams. School principals will contact parents about the learning system and the health situation.

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