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World Polio Day: Sheikh Mohamed lauds frontliners for combating polio amid Covid-19

Filed on October 24, 2020

Sheikh Mohamed shared footage on his official Twitter handle, commending dedicated frontline heroes for relentless efforts in making the world polio-free.

On World Polio Day, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, thanked the frontline healthcare workers for their service despite Covid-19 pandemic.


Sheikh Mohamed shared footage on his official Twitter handle, commending the UAE and its dedicated frontline heroes for relentless efforts in making the world polio-free. 'Through their dedicated efforts and the UAE's continued cooperation with global partners, we can achieve a world without polio for future generations', His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan wrote in the tweet.




The footage states how the Emirates Polio Campaign (EPC), which began in 2014, has worked on the ground and helped eradicate wild polio from the world except Afghanistan and Pakistan.


In a tweet, Michel Zaffran, Director of the World Health Organization's Polio Eradication Programme, commended the commitment of the His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to fight polio.


Zaffran's commendation came as the EPC announced it administered over 28 million vaccine doses in Pakistan between July and September 2020, reaching over 16 million children as part of its recognition of World Polio Day, today.




The announcement comes on the heels of the EPC’s recent announcement that it had completed the world’s first polio vaccination campaign since the outbreak of Covid-19 this spring.


The EPC is part of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme, which was launched under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed to provide help and humanitarian assistance to the people of Pakistan and support their development initiatives for a better future.





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