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Determined Emirati volunteers for Covid-19 vaccine trial Filed on August 20, 2020
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An active volunteer for many community projects, Al Shaibani was among the first to contribute to the initiative.

While more volunteers are registering to be part of the Phase III clinical trials of an inactivated vaccine for Covid-19, Ahmed Mohamed Al Shaibani, an Emirati person of determination working as a senior call centre officer at Al Ain Hospital, is happy to have done his part in the process.

An active volunteer for many community projects, Al Shaibani was among the first to contribute to the initiative. The clinical trials began in Abu Dhabi on July 16. "I am happy to contribute to overcoming this new challenge, despite my disability. Involvement of all society members in such clinical trials is a national duty," he said.

"The UAE community never fails to respond to the appeal of the nation. This was echoed when everyone chanted the UAE National Anthem during the National Sterilisation Programme, to express their commitment and responsibility towards the nation," he added.

Though he is exempted by law from going to the workplace as part of the Covid-19 restrictions, this determined Emirati with nearly 20 years of experience, attends office every day and strictly adheres to the precautionary and preventive measures in place. In addition, he is an active athlete, playing in the Emirates National Team at Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club.

Al Shaibani has called on more people of determination to take part in the cause and play an integral role in the country's progress.

UAE authorities had earlier said that the trials for Covid-19 vaccine had reached the target of 15,000 volunteers in less than a month, with individuals from 102 nationalities participating in the programme.



Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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