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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip has received a medical supplies convoy provided by the UAE, containing one million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to fight COVID-19.
The convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Border Crossing, and is the largest medical support of its kind provided by the UAE to Gaza since the outbreak of the pandemic.
These vaccines will be distributed immediately to vaccination centres to encourage people to get vaccinated as the Gaza Strip enters its fourth wave of the pandemic.
Ghazi Hamad, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, thanked the UAE for its significant assistance, which comes at a critical time when the Gaza Strip is exposed to its fourth wave, to enhance the health sector's countermeasures of the pandemic.
In a press conference held at the Rafah Border Crossing after the shipment arrival, Hamad said, "The medical supplies shipment is large and appreciated from our brothers in the UAE."
He also thanked the Emirati leadership for the generous donation of medical equipment and the establishment of the UAE Hospital.
Former Palestinian Health Minister Jawad al-Tibi said, "The health sector is one of the time-consuming sectors, and we are facing a global pandemic that requires unremitting efforts."
He said, "The UAE sends aid after aid in order to support our steadfastness and address difficulties and disease in the Gaza Strip," adding that, "This batch of UAE assistance came at the appropriate time to support the health sector and vaccinate students."
In a statement today, Afra Mahash Al Hameli, Director MoFAIC said that the UAE expresses its deep concern over the current escalation and calls for exercising maximum restraint, to prevent being drawn into new levels of violence and instability.
The shipment of the aid, which was organised by the country's humanitarian arm, the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), aims to support Gaza’s health sector and improve local humanitarian conditions.
The UAE also emphasised the need to respect the role of the brotherly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in protecting holy places under international law and to put an end to all aggression and practices that lead to continued tension and stalemate.
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"We are contributing to the loss and damage fund with 100 million euros to help achieve the goals of this COP28," she told an event at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai.
"We welcome all of you to your country, the Emirates, and we welcome all the delegations that came for the climate conference, and we thank God and thank Him for what He has bestowed upon us. Our love for the blessing of the earth is a reality. For us in the UAE, the issue of protecting the environment is not just a slogan; In fact, it is an integral part of our history, heritage and life.”
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