COVID-19: UAE approves Russia's Sputnik vaccine for emergency use

UAE has hosted the third phase of clinical trials of the vaccine

  
An empty vial of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine is pictured at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 18, 2021.

An empty vial of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine is pictured at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 18, 2021.

REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

ABU DHABI - The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) today announced it has approved the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for emergency use, making it the third such vaccine to be approved for use in the UAE.

The decision comes as part of the UAE's comprehensive and integrated efforts to ensure increased prevention levels against the virus and to safeguard the health of the country's citizens and residents.

The UAE has hosted the third phase of clinical trials of the vaccine, which was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

Study results have demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine in triggering a strong antibody response against the virus, its safety for use, and its compliance with international safety and effectiveness standards.

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© WAM (Emirates News Agency) 2021

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