Noura Al Kaabi takes coronavirus vaccine

The Minister of Culture and Youth posts an image to social media with hashtag #Covid-19 vaccine

Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, taking the Covid-19 jab. 
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Noura Al Kaabi has become the latest UAE minister to take a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Minister of Culture and Youth posted an image to Instagram that shows her taking a jab and praising the medical professional who gave her the treatment.

"Thank you Nurse Ozma, from Lahore!" said Ms Al Kaabi. "She [has] been working in the UAE for the past 18 years."

Ms Al Kaabi also used the hashtag #Covid-19 vaccine.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, got the jab on Friday.

The inoculation, which was developed in a testing operation between the UAE and China, was approved for emergency use after extensive tests found the vaccine to be safe and effective.

The chief of the UAE disaster and crisis authority also took the jab.

Obaid Al Shamsi, director general of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (Ncema), received the dose on Tuesday, Wam reported.

"In alignment with the leadership's vision, the availability of this safe, effective vaccine will contribute to save and protect lives,'' said Mr Al Shamsi.

The UAE's health minister, Abdulrahman Al Owais, was given the first dose of the vaccine last month.

"By presenting this vaccine, we seek to provide all safety means for the heroes of the first line of defence,” said Mr Al Owais.

The vaccine was developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, where the first and second phases of the trials were successfully conducted. The UAE was chosen for the third phase of the trial. The results of this trial will provide further information about the vaccine.