In a Lecture Held by the ECSSR, Sultan Al Shamsi: “UAE’s Global Response to COVID-19 has Demonstrated High Levels of Efficiency and Professionalism.”

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized lecture No. (755) on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020, titled ‘The UAE’s Global Response to COVID-19’. The lecture was delivered by His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs. The ECSSR broadcast the lecture on its YouTube channel and Twitter page.

His Excellency pointed out the importance of the lecture, which coincided with World Humanitarian Day, observed on August 19 each year, adding that holding such lectures highlights the global reach of the UAE’s humanitarian efforts, which positively impacts peoples’ lives and alleviates their suffering.

His Excellency discussed the UAE’s role in global humanitarian initiatives, stressing that the country has become a role model in this area thanks to the efforts of the wise leadership. He said that the UAE, for many years now, has been placed at the top of the list of the world’s leading donors of official development aid compared to national income. He also praised the martyred UAE humanitarian workers, killed in a vicious terrorist attack on January 10, 2017, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as they carried out their humanitarian duties.

The lecturer described the UAE’s experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the UAE has taken several measures and launched a number of initiatives to confront the pandemic, at both the national and international levels. His Excellency explained that the UAE has taken a global approach in its response to the virus. It has demonstrated high levels of efficiency and professionalism in terms of its rapid response and swift action to support countries across the world in their preventive measures and actions to contain the pandemic. He said the UAE has strived to supply the necessary medical supplies to affected countries, especially developing countries, which were already facing challenges in their healthcare systems.

H.E. Sultan Mohammad Al Shamsi said that the UAE has provided more than 1,300 tons of medical materials to nearly 110 countries across the world since the outbreak of the pandemic. More than 150 flights carrying these medical materials have been commissioned, which has directly contributed to supporting about one million healthcare workers on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus.