The UAE has pledged to donate AED 220 million ($60 million) to support global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future pandemics, including variants of the coronavirus, Emirates news agency WAM reported Friday. .
The country’s donation includes AED 36 million ($10 million) to facilitate easy access to COVID-19 test kits, and AED 183 million ($50 million) in aid to provide specialized medical supplies to help prevent the spread of the pandemic in to checkers.
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The pledge was made by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, during her participation in the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the US, Belize, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal.
Reem Al Hashemy reaffirmed the UAE’s continued commitment and continued support for the international community’s efforts to address future threats of pandemics and diseases that could threaten humanity and pose a threat to the global health system, similar to what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Al Hashemy also highlighted the relevant experience of the UAE, starting with planning and early testing, but also Al in ensuring the readiness of local health systems by providing them with advanced technologies, effective communication and group research programs, all of which are important to assess the impact to mitigate the pandemic.
Al Hashemy added that the UAE had shared the results of its genetic research on COVID-19 variants with the international community based on its leadership guidance, underscoring the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to promote the values of strengthen human solidarity with all in need of support.
“The UAE has leveraged its logistics capabilities to provide 136 countries with the necessary medical supplies to deal with the pandemic,” she said. “The nation has fully supported the establishment of field hospitals in nine countries, in addition to the COVAX initiative with a $50 million donation, to support the delivery of vaccines to developing countries in an effective and accessible manner.”
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Al Hashemy explained that the UAE, as a current member of the United Nations Security Council, will fulfill its promise to increase its contributions to international cooperation and global health by manufacturing and supplying medicines and essential medical needs, as part of of its early intervention plans to address potential regional and international challenges and obstacles.
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