The United Arab Emirates has approved the “emergency use” of a coronavirus vaccine for frontline workers, according to the country’s health minister.
“Studies show that the vaccine is efficient and safe and showed a positive response in generating antibodies,” Abdul Rahman al-Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said at a televised press briefing Monday.
“The vaccine will be optional for frontline workers most exposed to the virus,” al-Owais said.
The announcement of the emergency use vaccine came as the minister was discussing ongoing phase 3 trials in the UAE of a vaccine developed by China’s state-owned Sinopharm pharmaceutical company.
China has been using an experimental vaccine developed by Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group Company (CNBG) on people who work in high-risk professions since July, including frontline medical professionals, a senior official from the national health commission revealed in August.