Claims have been been disclosed to the public on Tuesday that the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been injected with COVID-19 trial vaccine.
It was also revealed by The Punch that the vaccine was produced by the UAE medical teams.
This development which was shared on the Prime Minister’s Twitter @HHShkMohd, with a photo of a health worker injecting him, as he stressed that the teams worked relentlessly to make the vaccine available.
While he concealed his COVID-19 status, he however, did not state whether or not the vaccine has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation.
The PM wrote, “While receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today. We wish everyone safety and great health, and we are proud of our teams who have worked relentlessly to make the vaccine available in the UAE. The future will always be better in the UAE.”
In the wake of a new wave of the pandemic, the need for a vaccine has become more urgent globally especially.
In oreder to reduce the spread of the deadly virus, more European countries including France, England, Germany, Spain, amongst others, have also imposed different measures.
In eaction to the development, Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last week also said the country’s virus-hit economy cannot afford another round of lockdown.
He tweeted, “Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert a second wave of Covid-19 in Nigeria. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
Meanwhile, the UN organisation in charge of global health coordination said it will prioritise vulnerable groups when a safe vaccine is found.
“There are currently more than 100 COVID-19 vaccine candidates under development, with a number of these in the human trial phase.
“WHO is working in collaboration with scientists, business, and global health organizations through the ACT Accelerator to speed up the pandemic response.
“When a safe and effective vaccine is found, COVAX (led by WHO, GAVI and CEPI) will facilitate the equitable access and distribution of these vaccines to protect people in all countries. People most at risk will be prioritised,” WHO wrote on its website.