UAE ranks among top countries in tackling the pandemic
20 Jan 2021
The UAE has ranked first on a number of global indices for its efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Its emergency plan was immediately put into action when the first case was confirmed on January 29.
Timely preparation, aggressive testing, tracing of carriers, and now an extensive vaccination programme have helped the government in dealing with the outbreak in an organised way.
The country’s strategy has helped to keep the UAE’s mortality rate among one of the lowest in the world.
Distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine
The UAE has embarked on a major vaccination drive in recent weeks as it steps up its fight to overcome the pandemic.
The country ranked first globally in the distribution of daily doses of the Covid-19 vaccine between January 12 and 18, 2021. This equates to a vaccination distribution rate of 1.16 doses for every 100 persons.
The country also ranked fifth globally in terms of the vaccine’s availability.
The Sinopharm vaccine was introduced across the Emirates on December 9, with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot approved for use in Dubai two weeks later in a phased rollout which gave priority to key groups such as those over 60 and frontline workers.
Dedicated vaccine centres were set up across the country in support of the nationwide push.
Number of tests
The UAE was the first country in the world where the number of coronavirus tests surpassed the country’s total population.
On October 6, 2020, the country conducted 10 million tests since the start of the pandemic.
Close to 24 million tests have been conducted in the country to date as part of a mass screening strategy aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.
Detection of cases
In July 2020, the UAE became the first country to use sniffer dogs to identify infected people.
K9 sniffer dogs were stationed at airports across the country to help detect traces of the coronavirus from passenger samples.
“An area was dedicated to detect Covid-19 using K9 police dogs at Dubai International Airport,” said Maj Salah Al Mazrooei from Dubai Police on July 31, 2020.
“Samples were taken in collaboration with partners from Dubai Health Authority and results are out in less than one minute.”
Handling of the pandemic
The UAE ranked first in the Middle East in the list of countries that best addressed the coronavirus crisis, according to the Global Soft Power Index published by Brand Finance.
The public in the UAE was extremely satisfied with the government’s strategy in dealing with the pandemic. The Toluna Consumer Insights survey published in June 2020 ranked the Emirates first in the Middle East and third globally when it came to public opinion.
The UAE was the first country in the Middle East and fifth in the world to offer drive-through coronavirus tests. The tests take less than five minutes to complete.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the UAE has adopted effective procedures to limit the spread of the virus.
The country launched the National Sterilisation Programme during the early months of the pandemic, started remote learning for pupils and working from home for employees to keep the public safe.
The UAE also set up the largest coronavirus lab outside China.
Source: The National