Covid in UAE: The worst has passed, says Sheikh Mohammed

This came as the Dubai Ruler chaired a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, August 29.

The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is over, the UAE Vice-President has said.

This came as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a Cabinet meeting in Qasr Al Watan on Sunday, August 29.

“The UAE worked as one team during the pandemic, making the country among the best globally in the fight against Covid-19,” he tweeted.

Sheikh Mohammed has reason to be optimistic. Daily Covid-19 cases have remained below 1,000 since August 24, with the UAE well on track to vaccinating 100 per cent of its residents before the year ends.

As on August 29, close to 87 per cent residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 76 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the latest updates in support offered to the health sector to fight the pandemic. A report in this regard outlined the steps taken by the government to protect the health and safety of citizens and residents, and the application of the “highest priority mechanism” to provide medical and therapeutic supplies to confront the pandemic.

The Cabinet also approved some regulations governing medical and pharmaceutical products in the country. “Our goal is to ensure quality response to medical needs throughout the year in all regions of the country,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

The Cabinet approved a resolution extending the notice periods given to health establishments to adjust their legal status.

A resolution on adopting the guidelines of a unified health protocol for border ports in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries was adopted as well.

It also approved an agreement between the governments of the UAE and Uzbekistan covering aid provided by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.

Sheikh Mohammed said that the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the UAE Gender Balance Council, to be chaired by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Women Establishment. Eleven new federal court judges were appointed as well.

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