The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China have announced a joint project to make the SinoPharm covid-19 vaccine.
As per the international news agency, the UAE’s Group 42 and China’s CNBG “have launched a joint project to initiate the first Covid-19 vaccine production line in the UAE,” but it is not confirmed when will commercial production begin.
The foreign minister of UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said,
The project adds “value to the international efforts being made in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, which has been taking a toll on everyday lives across the world.”
The UAE has a population of around 10 million, which also has approved the Astrazeneca vaccine with formal vaccination rates.
The UAE has so far recorded more than 388,000 cases and 1,481 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Earlier, Spain, France, and Germany have temporarily stopped the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns.
Spain’s health Minister Carolina Darias announced on Monday that the vaccine will not be used for two weeks. It’s a “temporary and precautionary” suspension, she said, “until the risks can be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency.”
On the other hand, German health minister Jens Spahn said that inoculations will be paused after reports of some cases of blood clots in people vaccinated with AstraZeneca in Denmark and Norway.
Apart from that, France and Italy have also paused vaccine rollout. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, “We have decided to suspend the use of AstraZeneca as a precautionary measure and are hoping to resume it quickly if the EMA’s advice allows it.”