More than a million medical workers helped by UAE’s international aid

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - UAE aid shipment unloaded at Sarajevo International Airport, on May 27. (AFP)

ADU DHABI – As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shown a firm commitment to crucial international cooperation by assisting more than 1 million medical workers worldwide through the supply of over 1,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment, PPE and medical and food aid.

“Today’s milestone of assisting 1 million healthcare workers affirms the UAE’s commitment to extending a hand of cooperation to the world, regardless of the religion, race, or ideology of recipients,” said UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy.

Tonnes of medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits being readied for shipment at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai. (AFP)
Tonnes of medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits being readied for shipment at the al-Maktum International airport in . (AFP)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE has been a leader in global humanitarian efforts to stem the virus’s spread.

As the most active provider of foreign COVID-19 assistance in the world, the UAE assisted 70 countries, including China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, Yemen and Afghanistan, among others.

The UAE also partnered with numerous international organisations to boost the effectiveness and reach of its COVID-19 aid.

The world’s largest humanitarian hub at Dubai’s International Humanitarian City is driving the COVID-19 response, with around 80% of World Health Organisation-procured supplies transiting through the area.

Capitalising on the UAE’s geographic position and excellent logistics infrastructure, DIHC has served as a critical platform of assistance.

UAE shipment being unloaded at Sarajevo International Airport, on May 27. (AFP)
UAE shipment being unloaded at Sarajevo International Airport, on May 27. (AFP)

On May 4, the UAE, in partnership with the UN World Food Programme, WFP, launched an international air bridge operation to provide a lifeline of essential health and humanitarian supplies to nations grappling with the impact of COVID-19.

In May, the UAE also took part in a global pledging conference hosted by European leaders to raise 7.5 billion Euros to discover, produce and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19.

The country has also contributed to the global scientific community’s understanding of COVID-19’s spread by sharing genomic sequencing and mutation data on various global databases.

Genome sequencing has increasingly become an important tool for studying disease outbreaks.

The genome of the virus causing COVID-19 consists of 30,000 genetic “letters.”

UAE Officials check medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits before shipment at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai. (AFP)
UAE Officials check medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits before shipment at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai. (AFP)

Understanding which strain of the virus patients have can help scientists understand how it spreads. For example, a group of patients found with identical strains are likely to be part of the same “cluster.”

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