The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he announced in a photo shared on Twitter Friday.
UAE's Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman al-Owais takes the first COVID-19 vaccine dose. (WAM)
Other UAE officials have received the vaccine in recent weeks, including the foreign ministry’s Director of Strategic Communications Hend al-Otaiba, who said last week that the vaccine will “soon be available to all frontliners” in the country.
She also shared a photo on Twitter captioned, “Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that resulted from successful collaboration between the UAE and Chinese pharmaceutical group Sinopharm.”
Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that resulted from successful collaboration between the UAE and Chinese pharmaceutical group Sinopharm. Soon, the vaccine will be available to all frontliners in the UAE as a major step forward in our successful fight against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/SHUb45W2mF— هند مانع العتيبة Hend Al Otaiba (@hend_mana) October 6, 2020
The vaccine is effective and has resulted in a “strong response” by generated antibodies in trial volunteers, according to the health minister.