Coronavirus: UAE to conduct human trials for COVID-19 vaccines, 15,000 volunteers

Members of medical staff wearing protective equipment work during testing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Cleveland Clinic hospital in Abu Dhabi. (Reuters)

The United Arab Emirates is moving forward with third phase trials on two types of possible coronavirus vaccines with more than 15,000 volunteers so far signing up, according to the country’s Minister of Health and Prevention.

Abdul Rahman al-Owais, the UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention, said on Monday that the current stage of the trial includes conducting a research study with the participation of more than 15,000 volunteers.

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“The efforts of the UAE and its participation in global efforts to find effective treatments and solutions to COVID-19 has been demonstrated through various international collaborations and partnerships. A new achievement from the UAE's health sector, is the progression to the third phase of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine,” al-Owais said.

“The study, if successful will be approved and accredited by the Ethics Committee for Scientific Research in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” he added.

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The Minister said that should the current phase of the trials prove successful, authorities would then transition to the vaccine manufacturing stage.

Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have announced on Monday 344 new coronavirus cases detected in the last 24 hours and one additional death due to COVID-19, according to officials.

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