British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to No.10 Downing St. on Thursday (December 10).
Johnson congratulated the UAE for the way it has handled the spread of COVID-19.
“I think that’s been extremely effective, really remarkable,” Johnson said in welcoming remarks to the Crown Prince.
The UAE has a population of around 9 million, and reported 177,577 cases and 594 COVID-19 deaths.
Abu Dhabi was looking for volunteers to take part in Phase 3 clinical trials of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, known as Sputnik V, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE is also conducting Phase 3 clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, and has approved emergency use of the vaccine for certain groups.
The UK and the UAE have agreed to work closely to strengthen bilateral relations in areas such as trade and investment and counter-terrorism.