Effectively fighting the COVID-19 epidemic, what special ‘secret’ does the UAE have?

Effectively combating the COVID-19 epidemic, what special secret does the UAE have?  - Photo 1.

Medical staff measure body temperature before vaccination in Dubai – Photo: AFP

According to AFP news agency, with more than 90% of the population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, the number of daily COVID-19 infections in the UAE has dropped continuously below the 1,000 mark since last week.

On September 12, they recorded only 620 new infections (the population of this country is nearly 10 million people) and no deaths (pause at 2,062 cases).

What’s the trick?

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the UAE has a total of 728,886 infections, of which 719,948 people have recovered, so only about 9,000 people are being treated. The situation can be described as bright and within the system’s ability to handle medican.

After restoring economic activities in the country, from September 12, the UAE began to allow foreigners from 15 countries that were previously restricted from traveling to the country, provided that they have been fully vaccinated against one of the following types of vaccinations. vaccines have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac).

The UAE’s anti-epidemic success can be summed up in 5 main points: the best vaccination program in the world; periodic testing to detect asymptomatic infections; Partial blockade during the peak of the epidemic helps to reduce the number of infections; organize zoning and close tracing to prevent community infection; booster dose of vaccine.

Herd immunity is usually achieved when at least 80% of the population has acquired resistance – through natural infection or vaccination.

We can say that the UAE is almost there with more than 79% of the population fully vaccinated and more than 90% vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine,” – Dr. Futtaim Health, said.

According to Dr. Hiba Waleed Kashmoola – Medcare Medical Center Hospital, Sharjah, UAE has the highest rate of children being vaccinated in the world.

This is important to reduce community transmission because children are often a silent source of disease (mild illness, few or no symptoms).

“As schools reopen, increasing vaccination rates among children is even more important to prevent the risk of outbreaks due to large gatherings,” added Dr. Al Baaj.

In the context of the economy running at full capacity, the number of infections continuously decreasing …, the UAE still advises people not to give up preventive measures. The principles of wearing a mask, washing hands and keeping a distance remain in place.

Living with COVID-19 through vaccines

The UAE is a model of opening up and living with COVID-19 in the group of countries with high vaccination rates, along with Singapore, Israel, the UK or the European Union.

Each country has its own caution, but the ultimate goal is to maintain normal life in the context of COVID-19.

Most recently, Reuters news agency reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his plan to stop pursuing the blockade policy and say no to the consideration of “vaccine passports” (certification of vaccination), instead relying on vaccines and testing to protect the community.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid further explained that the British Government will not regulate “vaccine passports” as a condition for people to attend major events. He personally also wants to remove the regulation that requires PCR testing with visitors as soon as possible because this regulation is expensive.

From May 2021 until now, the death rate from COVID-19 in the UK has been kept low thanks to good vaccination.

Recently, the average number of deaths is only about 49 people / day (updated to August 27). At the time of the outbreak in late April, early May 2020 and mid-January 2021, the UK had more than 1,300 deaths from COVID-19 every day.

Also following the trend of “maximum normalization”, Denmark also previously canceled the “vaccine green card” requirement for the public in all public places including bars and nightclubs.

This success is also due to Denmark’s rapid vaccination campaign, with 73% of the 5.8 million population and 96% of people 65 years of age and older being fully vaccinated.

Epidemiologist Lone Simonsen of the University of Roskilde said: “Now the virus is no longer a threat to Danish society, thanks to a vaccine. What will happen next is that the virus is still present in the community, but the virus is still present in the community. It’s going to people who don’t get vaccinated.”

According to the WHO, Denmark’s success in containing the epidemic is partly due to the public’s adherence to government guidelines and a clear strategy. However, WHO also noted that countries should closely monitor the situation because the virus is always changing.

The UK, Denmark or the UAE have not ruled out resorting to strong measures if the situation worsens.

Immunity “superman” and the future of the pandemic

“Superhuman immunity” or “hybrid immunity” (combined) is a phrase recently devised by scientists to describe people who have developed super strong resistance to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes disease. COVID-19.

UAE doctors explain that “hybrid immunity” is the result of natural immunity (virus infection and then recovery) combined with vaccine immunity, thereby creating a much higher resistance than people. Vaccinated but not infected with virus.

According to Khaleej Times, in the context of a decline in COVID-19 cases across the UAE, doctors believe that a phenomenon of “hybrid immunity” may be happening in the community and those who have this protection are almost safe. absolutely against viruses.

“Studies show that antibodies from people with hybrid immunity can neutralize even the SARS-CoV-1 virus that emerged 20 years ago. That virus is very different from SARS-CoV-2. (causing COVID-19).

In addition, there is currently a lot of research focused on finding a vaccine that can protect against any future variants of the corona virus.

Based on the new findings, it seems that the human immune system will eventually prevail over the virus, and if we are lucky, SARS-CoV-2 will join the group of viruses that cause only mild colds. Dr. Tholfkar Al Baaj, clinical director of Al-Futtaim Health Hospital, expressed optimism.

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