UAE's health minister receives the first dose of the Chinese-made COVID19 vaccine. (Photo: WAM)
United Arab Emirates Health Minister Abdulrahman Al Owais on Saturday received the first dose of the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, the National reported.
On September 15, the UAE authorized the emergency use of Chinese-made vaccines, which will be given to frontline health workers most at risk of the virus, after clinical results show their safety and effectiveness.
Developed by Chinese drug maker Sinopharm, the vaccine has been approved for emergency use in China for high-risk groups since late July. It is currently in Phase III trials in more than 10 countries, including the UAE.
The National quoted the health minister as saying the vaccine fully complied with regulations after a series of trials, participated in by more than 31,000 volunteers.
(Compiled by Wang Qin)