Things will not be getting back to normal soon after Coronavirus, but the UAE is taking one step further with the Ministry of Health and Prevention preparing for future pandemics.
UAE preparing for the next pandemic post Coronavirus
Addressing the UAE Government via video conference, Health Minister Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais said the Ministry is keen on adopting innovations and technologies and implement them as a response strategy for the next pandemic, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analysis.
“There are no custom-made, clear experiences on how to handle the crisis that countries can implement, and no one can predict what will happen. However, the UAE is committed to adopting new ideas and availing of similar experiences to establish its response strategy based on accumulated lessons and information and will hopefully overcome this crisis with greater strength and determination.”UAE Health Minister Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais
UAE at the forefront of combating Coronavirus in the region
Meanwhile, Al Owais says the UAE is leading the number of Coronavirus testing in the Middle East with 1.5 million tests conducted, equal to a four-month average of testing in other countries. He also says the biggest challenge MOHAP faced was in April dealing with an increasing number of cases daily, and they’ve been transparent with the public to announce daily confirmed Covid-19 patients and recoveries.
More vaccines and medicines to be developed in the coming years
What’s more, the UAE is eyeing towards large-scale testing for citizens and residents, as well as measures to build their immunity by encouraging what could be a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, rolling out a digital immunisation ID card, building national capacities to fight the next pandemic and creating strategies to enhance health security.
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