UAE administers 82,833 Covid-19 doses

The ministry announced that it conducted 237,240 additional Covid-19 tests over the past 24 hours

ABU DHABI — The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that 82,833 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours.

The total number of doses provided up to April 1, 2021 stands at 8,391,302 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 84.84 doses per 100 people.

The vaccination drive is in line with the ministry’s plan to provide the vaccine to all members of society and acquire immunity, which will help reduce the number of cases and control the spread of the virus.

2,315 new cases

Meanwhile, the ministry announced that it conducted 237,240 additional Covid-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.

In a statement, the ministry stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment. As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP announced 2,315 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 463,759.

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According to the ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced 2 deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,499.

The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished COVID-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 2,435 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 447,790.

Vaccine warehouse facility

Moreover, Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), visited state-of-the-art home of the Hope Consortium in Abu Dhabi Ports’ temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), and one of the world’s largest ultra-modern pharmaceutical logistics facilities, which have the capacity of handling and storing up to 120 million vials of the Covid-19 vaccine at any one time and their associated consumables.

Al Hamed was welcomed by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports, and Chairman of the Operations Steering Committee, HOPE Consortium; Abdullah Al Hameli, Head, Industrial Cities and Free Zone Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports; Robert Sutton, Head of Logistics Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports alongside a number of officials from the Hope Consortium.

He toured the 19,000 square metre facility, which has the capability to store all types of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products at the specialised temperature range of +8 C to -80 C as well as ambient temperature storage for other pharmaceutical consumables, which further complements the warehouse’s ability to handle and store all different types of Covid-19 vaccines that are currently available.

“Abu Dhabi did not stop at being one of the leading cities with vaccinated population against Covid-19, it also actively contributed to development of such vaccines, through being home to some of the largest clinical trials globally and now with one of the largest capacities globally to handle the specialised task of transport, storage and distribution of the much needed vaccines worldwide,” Abdulla Al Hamed said.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said, the Hope Consortium is one of the world’s largest technology-led supply chain platforms, developed to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine safely and efficiently, leveraging Abu Dhabi’s strategic location as a global and vital hub in the life sciences and logistics sector.

“Combined with a unique collaboration with globally leading healthcare, pharmaceutical, humanitarian and logistical organisations, we are well-positioned, under the guidance of our leadership, to deliver hope and help nations worldwide combat the pandemic,” added Captain Al Shamisi.

The warehouse has an overall capacity of nearly 40,000 pallets with a cold storage containing 25,000 pallets and an air-conditioned chamber having 15,000 pallets. It also includes dedicated freezing rooms that allow for the safe delivery and storage of ultra-cold vaccines that require storage at down to -80 C temperature.

The Hope Consortium is a manifestation of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to the global battle against the pandemic. It represents a complete supply chain solution to address vaccine transport, demand planning, sourcing, training, and digital technology infrastructure, and facilitate vaccine availability across the world.

The Consortium has pooled its collective expertise to garner a multi-faceted capability to provide logistics services to handle up to 6 billion doses in 2021 (rising up to 18 billion by end of the year) from the vaccines being developed and manufactured around the world.

It is spearheaded by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and consists of Abu Dhabi Ports Group through its specialised logistics and digital solution; Etihad Cargo, the only IATA Certified for Pharma transport, Rafed, the healthcare purchasing arm of Abu Dhabi-based ADQ, and Switzerland’s award-winning SkyCell, which develops next-generation, temperature-controlled logistics containers for the pharmaceutical industry. The consortium already handled and helped in distribution of millions of vaccine locally and globally in association with its freight forwarding partners that have teams on the ground in over 190 countries.

 

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