UAE approves effective Covid treatment

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Sarah Peddie

The UAE has become the first country in the world to approve emergency use of a new effective Covid treatment.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that the UAE is now the first country in the world to license and enable immediate patient use for the treatment. 

The country has authorised emergency use of Sotrovimab - endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration from healthcare company GSK. 

It offers the prospect of reducing hospitalisation for more than 24 hours and fatalities up to 85% when given as early treatment.

Emergency use of the monoclonal antibody has been approved for residents over the age of 12 with mild to moderate Covid symptoms that could lead to hospitalisation or death.

In pre-clinical trials, Sotrovimab has shown effectiveness as a monotherapy against several variants of the virus.

“Such a new qualitative achievement would not have been possible had it not been for the UAE leadership’s keenness to proactively address the pandemic, attract and provide innovative medicines that prove effective and efficient, and adopting them as treatment protocols,” said HE AbdulRahman bin Mohamad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention.

“The new medicine will greatly contribute to speeding up the recovery of patients, reducing Covid-19-related deaths and hospitalization period in intensive care units. It will also support the country’s efforts being made to conduct Covid-19 tests and administer vaccines, retaining its leading position among the world's foremost countries, dealing efficiently with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the minister said. 

“This achievement is yet another breakthrough that crowns the painstaking efforts made by our wise leadership, which spares no effort to harness all capabilities and resources to protect the health of UAE people and safeguard the country’s gains achieved over the course of the past years at all levels,” Al Owais added.

The minister stressed the importance of partnerships between the UAE health sector and international research institutions - as well as the private medical and pharmaceutical sector.


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He continued: “The discovery of innovative solutions and treatments in order to deliver distinct and effective health care services, especially during pandemics, can help governments face health crises more effectively and efficiently.”

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