Abu Dhabi: The UAE has extended assistance to more than one million health workers worldwide, supplying them with over 1,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical and food aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Today’s milestone of assisting one million healthcare workers affirms the UAE’s commitment to extending a hand of co-operation to the world, regardless of the religion, race, or ideology of recipients," said Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Co-operation.
She said that the UAE has provided assistance to 70 countries, including China, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, Yemen and Afghanistan, among others.
On May 4, the UAE, in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), launched an international air bridge operation to provide a lifeline of essential health and humanitarian supplies to nations grappling with the impact of Covid-19.
The UAE also took part in a global pledging conference hosted by European leaders to raise €7.5 billion to discover, produce and distribute a vaccine for Covid-19.
Furthermore, in line with the UAE’s efforts to contribute to the global scientific community’s understanding of Covid-19, the country 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.