The Comprehensive Battle against the Coronavirus
- 19 March 2020
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic, nations of the world have come to realize that the international community is experiencing one of the greatest calamities of its lifetime and that the fight against the coronavirus should be collective and comprehensive; otherwise, the number of cases and deaths will continue to rise.
The comprehensive battle against the coronavirus is being launched globally, indicating the seriousness with which humanity is facing this challenge. Many nations have already suspended traffic operations at their air, land, and sea ports so that no infected persons may enter or exit from these countries. And many countries have imposed other strict measures including declaring a state of emergency; banning gatherings; closing schools, universities and places of worships; and adopting mandatory online work and education programs. Some states have also sought the assistance of their national armies.
Science laboratories around the world are scrambling to produce a vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There is good news in this regard. The United States of America has announced that it is working on preliminary tests for potential vaccines against the virus. The Chinese media announced the start of clinical tests for the first vaccine developed in China against the virus. Germany, France, Canada, and Russia have all announced that they are taking steps in this direction. And Nicola Magrini, Head of the National Medicines Agency in Italy, announced that certain medicines used for rheumatoid arthritis could possibly treat COVID-19 and that tests on these medicines would start soon.
We cannot speak about a comprehensive international fight against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without referring to the United Arab Emirates and its competent agencies. These agencies, under the directives and supervision of our wise leadership, have made strong and effective efforts in fighting this disease inside and outside the UAE. The nation’s help to other countries has been received with regional and international recognition and appreciation. For example, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, expressed his thanks to the UAE and to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him). Ghebreyesus tweeted: “Thanks #UAE and @MohamedBinZayed for your continuing support to the #COVID-19 response.” And retweeted a piece of news about the UAE’s aid flights to Iran to support the fight against the coronavirus. Last Monday, the UAE sent aid flights with medical supplies and relief equipment to Iran. The flights delivered more than 32 tons of supplies including gloves, masks, and prevention devices.
Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the world is currently experiencing hard times with a feeling of panic in every country. However, we should have complete faith in ourselves that we will overcome this disease and emerge victorious. In the past, the world has managed to survive terrible crises. And we should never forget that humanity has a shared fate and that cooperation among countries worldwide is vital in combating the risks threatening us.