Sunday 16 May 2021 - 5:12:45 pm

UAE witnessed outcomes of successful strategies to address COVID-19 pandemic


ABU DHABI, 3rd May, 2021 (WAM) -- In recent months, the UAE has witnessed the outcomes of its successful strategies to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which were described as balanced in terms of health and economy.

Under this framework, the UAE has become a successful model of adapting to the "new reality," by implementing procedures for ensuring the continuity of education and health systems and the recovery of the economic and commercial sectors, in addition to the partial resumption of tourism and entertainment activities.

Moreover, the UAE recently hosted several events and succeeding in resuming the hosting of global events that were affected by the start of the pandemic in late 2019. The country organised several sporting events, as well as the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) and the Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX) 2021 , Gulfood 2021 and the UAE Tour, with witnessed a wide international presence.

The UAE also accomplished historic achievements, with the successful journey of the Hope Probe to Mars and the operation of the second unit of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.

This year, the UAE is celebrating its golden jubilee and preparing for the next 50 years, through a range of ambitious projects that will reinforce its stature among advanced countries.

The 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) recently announced that the UAE is ranked first in the Arab region and second globally in terms of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UAE is advancing steadily towards achieving herd immunity, by providing 10,563,125 COVID-19 vaccine doses by 2nd May, 2021.

The UAE is at the forefront among countries in terms of COVID-19 vaccine distribution rate, and its international efforts and partnerships have ensured the abundance and diversity of available vaccines. The country has approved four types of vaccines, which are Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

Furthermore, the UAE is continuing to conduct extensive testing, with the total number of coronavirus tests performed in the country exceeding 44,463,421 until 2nd May, a rate of 4.49 tests for every person.

The UAE has adopted a comprehensive economic support plan that includes a range of procedures aimed at containing the effects of the pandemic on the economy. The country has allocated a flexible direct budget of AED256 billion to reduce the pandemic's impact on the community, as well as to protect consumers and companies.

 

WAM/Esraa Ismail/Hassan Bashir