Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Health is calling on members of the UAE community to volunteer to take part in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials currently underway in Abu Dhabi.
In a statement, he said that by being a part of this clinical trial, volunteers support the noble efforts to address one of the biggest health challenges that the world has faced during the 21st century, and will have the chance to significantly impact not only their own community but also the global healthcare society.
Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Hamed is "personally calling on all UAE citizens and residents in Abu Dhabi to volunteer, if they are able to do so."
Why the UAE for Phase III clinical trials?
He commended the wise leadership of the UAE for their guidance which has led to the nation being selected to carry out Phase III of the clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
He "firmly believes that countries are distinguished by their rulers, and this is why the UAE is on the map as a hub for scientific research, as it is now one of the first countries worldwide to reach this stage of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine."
He explained that "As part of our efforts to seek a vaccine for the virus, we at the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi have brought together Group 42 and Sinopharm China National Biotec Group along with experts locally and globally. In a bid to create a safer future for all, these entities and medical experts are working closely to develop a vaccine.
"Due to the UAE's advanced infrastructure, particularly in the healthcare sector, we were considered as the nation with the most advanced resources to carry out this crucial stage of the clinical trials. This was evident in the UAE's rapid response to COVID-19, from dedicating its efforts to safeguarding the community's health, to the positive results it has shown in a short timeframe."
Personal experience as a volunteer
Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Hamed expressed his pride in being the first volunteer in Phase III of the clinical trials. "I've successfully continued with my daily routines and physical activities after completing the trial and continue to take regular doses of the potential vaccine. Thankfully, I have not experienced any negative side effects of any kind as of yet," he explained.
He reiterated that the UAE was also chosen for the trials is due to its unique and diverse population.
Become a volunteer
Should you wish to volunteer for the Abu Dhabi trial you can register at 4humanity.ae or call 02 819 1111.