- The vaccine, developed by China’s Sinopham, will be given to the UAE’s frontline workers.
- According to NCEMA, 31,000 volunteers in the UAE have already participated in clinical trials of the vaccine, including 1,000 volunteers with chronic diseases.
- Phase three trials of the vaccine are ongoing, but Emirati officials say that no unexpected side effects had been detected thus far.
PARIS —The United Arab Emirates has approved a Chinese coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for its frontline health workers, its top crisis authority announced Monday.
“The vaccine will be available to our first line of defense heroes who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus,” the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said in a tweet.
According to NCEMA, 31,000 volunteers have already participated in clinical trials of the vaccine, including 1,000 volunteers with chronic diseases. Phase three trials of the vaccine are ongoing, but the agency said that no unexpected side effects had been detected thus far.
The phase three trials, which began in the Gulf country of 10 million in July, are for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopham. NCEMA said that emergency use for frontline health workers was approved after a set of standards was met and the clinical trials on the 31,000 volunteers were complete. The agency described mild side effects on volunteers like a sore throat, but emphasized a lack of serious side effects.
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