Muscat: The Minister of Health has participated in the Global Vaccine Summit hosted by the United Kingdom via video conference.
A statement issued online by the ONA said: "Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi , Minister of Health, today participated in the Global Vaccine Summit, a virtual gathering through video-conferencing run from the United Kingdom."
ONA stated that: "The Sultanate’s invitation to take part in the meeting, came as a result of its extensive efforts conducive to advanced health indicators that placed it at the forefront of countries, particularly where immunisation is concerned."
ONA emphasised that: "The summit looked into the great progress achieved since 2000 and how countries, led by health workers, have addressed the current crisis and how to sustain basic vaccination services. Also it discussed the role of alliances and the effectiveness of vaccines in the prevention of diseases and protection of people everywhere in the world from setbacks like the pandemic. It also looked into ways of assisting societies to achieve prosperity."
"The goals of the summit include maintaining immunisation rates in developing countries, alleviating the impact of the pandemic and finding a vaccine for Covid-19 by 2025."
ONA confirmed: "The Sultanate had made a global accomplishment when it passed a comprehensive assessment in management of vaccines by 99%, making it the topmost country in the world."
"Oman is considered one of few countries in the Middle East to have been classified by the WHO as free from measles and rubella," the statement added.