Soon, residents across UAE can volunteer for Covid-19 vaccine trial

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Abu Dhabi - The aim of the initiative is to help provide quick access to the vaccine for UAE residents.

By Staff Report

Published: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 10:20 PM

Coordination is underway to open registration for nationals and residents across the UAE who wish to volunteer for Phase III clinical trials of inactivated vaccine, according to an update from the Abu Dhabi Media office.

Details of locations for receiving volunteers would be published soon by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, it added.
The update broadens the scope of those who can volunteer for the trials, which are a world first and which were initially announced for residents of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain only.
Interested volunteers were invited to register via the website.
The authority is targeting a total of 5,000 volunteers for the first stage.

Individuals would need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the trials; namely, they would need to be:
> Between 18 to 60 years old
> In good health
> Not suffering from chronic diseases
> Have no history of Covid-19 infection
As part of the trials, they will be given two doses of the vaccine within a period of three weeks. This will be followed by monthly follow-ups for a year.
The aim of the initiative is to help provide quick access to the vaccine for UAE residents, with manufacturing taking place in Abu Dhabi.
It was inspired by the UAE leadership's vision to overcome the pandemic through a global collaborative effort.

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