UAE participates in COVID-19 global action plan meeting

World Monday 25/July/2022 18:14 PM
UAE participates in COVID-19 global action plan meeting

Abu Dhabi: Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy affirmed that "the United Arab Emirates, upon the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is determined to continue to support international humanitarian action to provide a coordinated and comprehensive health solution to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. This could be achieved by strengthening the global health system, and ensuring equitable and sustainable access to safe and effective vaccines and treatments for all without discrimination".

Al Hashimy participated in the Virtual COVID-19 Global Action Plan Foreign Ministerial Meeting, organized by Japan and the United States, with more than 30 countries and a number of specialist international organizations to discuss mechanisms for the global distribution of vaccines, and the enhancement of supply chains. The support and protection of health care workers, and strengthening the global health security architecture were also on the agenda, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

She underscored that "the UAE was one of the first countries to extend a helping hand to confront the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, placing numerous initiatives in motion, and sending thousands of tones of medical aid, including vaccines, personal protection equipment, ventilators and tests to nearly 140 countries. Moreover, the UAE built and equipped field hospitals in nine countries including Palestine - Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Mauritania and Sierra Leone".

Al Hashimy further emphasised that in the last meeting of the global action plan, the challenges facing the supply chains for vaccine production were highlighted, stating that "the UAE was able, through its strong infrastructure, location and huge logistical capabilities, to meet these challenges and transport more than 1.3 billion doses of vaccines to countries in need".

Al Hashimy concluded by affirming the UAE’s belief in the importance of strengthening international cooperation to achieve an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.