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Imagine this scenario: Concerned about Joe Biden’s Middle East policy and the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza, Israel decides to get on everyone’s good side and announces that it will vaccinate the entire Palestinian population against Covid-19. Such a decision would be an instant public relations victory. But dream on. While Israel is among leaders in the world in inoculating its population, it has shown no inclination toward...

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The first Covid-19 vaccine to be produced in the Arab region will be called Hayat-Vax – and the assembly line is already rolling out two million doses per month. The joint venture between the UAE, the Chinese firm Sinopharm and the Abu Dhabi-based technology company G42 launched this week, producing the vaccine with its partner Julphar. The KIZAD-based plant will have three filling lines and five automated packaging lines and once it reaches production capacity,...

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The UAE government has approved emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine for medical staff working directly with patients. The directive allowing the vaccine to be given to frontline workers even though it is still in phase 3 clinical trials was announced on WAM, the state news agency. At a media briefing on Monday, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that in the six weeks since the vaccine was announced it has been...

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The first phase III clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine has begun in the UAE and is expected to involve up to 15,000 volunteers. During the first two stages of the trial, which were conducted in China, 100 percent of volunteers generated antibodies after two doses in 28 days. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, was the first person to participate in the World Health Organization-enlisted trial. The Department’s...