The UAE has assisted over 1 million medical workers globally by helping supply more than 1,000 metric tons of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical and food aid to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UAE has provided this assistance to over 70 countries around the world including China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, Yemen, and Afghanistan, among others.
Earlier this month, the UAE delivered 6.6 tons of medical equipment to the UK to help it produce millions of pieces of PPE.
Today, we are proud as a nation to have assisted 1 million medical professionals in more than 70 countries to help fight COVID-19. Since the start of the crisis, the UAE has led global efforts to combat the virus as part of our commitment to helping others when it matters most. pic.twitter.com/niQw8VKOMZ
— هند مانع العتيبة Hend Al Otaiba (@hend_mana) June 29, 2020
“Since its very founding, the UAE has pursued bonds of friendly cooperation and solidarity with other countries, believing that nations must set aside their differences in favour of unity and the greater good of humankind. Today’s milestone of assisting 1 million healthcare workers affirms the UAE’s commitment to extending a hand of cooperation to the world, regardless of the religion, race, or ideology of recipients,” official news agency WAM quoted Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
The UAE has also partnered with several international organisations to boost the effectiveness and reach of its Covid-19 aid.
Around 80 percent of World Health Organization-procured supplies transit through Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (DIHC), the world’s largest humanitarian hub.
Last month, the UAE, in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), launched an international air bridge operation to provide essential health and humanitarian supplies to nations in need of Covid-19 assistance.
The UAE also took part in a global pledging conference hosted by European leaders to raise EUR7.5bn to discover, produce, and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine. It has shared genomic sequencing and mutation data on various global databases, including the open-source Covid-19 genome database Nexstrain, to help scientists worldwide trace the spread of outbreaks.