His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed the emirate’s pandemic response during a meeting.
His Highness met with the teams tasked with managing the emirate’s response to the pandemic, including Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, Dubai's COVID-19 Command and Control Centre, the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and other representatives.
The UAE’s remarkable response to the pandemic was made possible by the concerted efforts of various teams at the local and federal level who worked according to an integrated plan to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community and ensure the highest levels of protection against the outbreak, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.
During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the preparations underway for Expo 2020 Dubai, and the readiness of all local and federal agencies ahead of the event.
أثناء لقائي مع اللجنة العليا لإدارة الكوارث والأزمات في دبي .. الفريق كان على قدر المسؤولية الفترة الماضية .. وتوقعاتنا منهم كبيرة خلال فترة إكسبو القادمة .. وطريقتنا الوطنية في التعامل مع الجائحة كانت نموذجاً حكيماً في الموازنة بين الجانب الصحي والجانب الاقتصادي.. pic.twitter.com/5xz9WFZPqr— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 9, 2021
The meeting included a review of all the arrangements in place to safeguard the health and safety of exhibitors and delegations representing 190 countries, as well the millions of visitors that are set to visit Expo 2020.
“The UAE has become a unique model to the world in its ability to address different challenges and discover new opportunities. The UAE’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak was one that was based on teamwork and effective coordination between various teams at the national level," said His Highness, as he expressed his confidence in the arrangements made to host a safe global event.
The briefing also included a check on the readiness of the healthcare sector to deal with all possible scenarios, including the capacity of hospitals and test centres, and the preparedness of the medical teams.
Currently, Dubai’s screening and vaccination centres are able to conduct 60,000 PCR tests and provide 30,000 vaccine doses daily.
There are currently 1,000 field inspectors in Dubai working to ensure all precautionary measures are effectively implemented.
Additionally, there are 2,500 volunteers supporting the emirate’s COVID-19 response plans.
The meeting was held in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.