UAE pledges to donate US$60 million to support global efforts to fight COVID-19

The United Arab Emirates has pledged to donate AED 220 million (US$60 million) to support global efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future pandemics, including variants of the coronavirus, the agency said on Friday. Emirates News Agency, WAM.

The country’s donation will include AED 36 million (US$10 million) to facilitate easy access to COVID-19 test kits, and AED 183 million (US$50 million) in assistance to provide specialized medical supplies. to stop the spread of the pandemic.

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The pledge was made by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister 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 affirmed the UAE’s continued commitment and continued support for the efforts made by the international community to address any future threats of pandemics and diseases that may 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 early planning and testing, but also Al in ensuring the readiness of local health systems by providing them with advanced technologies, effective communication and group screening programs, all of which are important to reduce the impact. of the pandemic.

Al Hashemy added that the UAE had shared the results of its genetic research on COVID-19 variants with the international community as directed by its leadership, which underscored the importance of continuing to coordinate efforts to enhance the values ​​of human solidarity with all. those in need. support

“The UAE has leveraged its logistics capabilities to provide 136 countries with the necessary medical supplies to deal with the pandemic,” he said. “The nation has fully supported the establishment of field hospitals in nine countries, in addition to the COVAX initiative with a donation. of US$50 million, to support the supply of vaccines to developing countries in an efficient and accessible way”.

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Al Hashemy explained that the United Arab Emirates, as a current member of the United Nations Security Council, will fulfill its commitment to increase its contributions to international cooperation and global health, through the production and supply of medicines and essential medical needs, such as part of its plans for early intervention to address potential regional and international challenges and obstacles.

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