UAE begins COVID-19 vaccine trial; first recipient confirmed

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The third phase of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine has begun in Abu Dhabi.

The chairman of the Department of Health- Abu Dhabi (DoH), Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed is the first person to participate in the trial.

Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Acting Undersecretary of DoH will be the second in line.

The trials are being performed by Abu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare in cooperation with China's Sinopharm CNBG, under the administration of the DoH and the UAE's Ministry of Health.

It's the world’s first WHO-listed phase III clinical trial of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine.

The UAE's plans to launch the trials were announced last month, while earlier this week, Minister of Health and Prevention, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Owais revealed more than 15,000 volunteers will be participating.

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