Abu Dhabi Crown Prince: Cover all costs for stem cell treatment of coronavirus patients

The Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center has developed a coronavirus therapy that involves extracting stem cells from the patient’s own blood and reintroducing them after activating them. (WAM)
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Updated 09 May 2020

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince: Cover all costs for stem cell treatment of coronavirus patients

  • Medical breakthrough used for 73 coronavirus patients who eventually recovered

DUBAI: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has directed that all treatment costs be covered for critical cases of coronavirus through stem cell therapy.

The directive comes after Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center (ADSCC) announced the development of an innovative and promising treatment for coronavirus infections using stem cells. The medical breakthrough was used for 73 coronavirus patients, who successfully recovered from the virus by inhaling the treatment into their lungs after it has been nebulized into a fine mist.

The ADSCC its discovery was a supportive treatment and does not kill the virus on its own.

The Emirates Red Crescent has provided assistance expatriates who were stranded due to travel restrictions imposed due to coronavirus.

All nationalities who arrived to the country on visit visas and could not return to their respective countries after suspension of all international flights due to COVID-19 would be provided care, the humanitarian organization said in a report by state news agency WAM.

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‘Provocative’ Erdogan to drill for oil off Libya

Updated 31 May 2020

‘Provocative’ Erdogan to drill for oil off Libya

  • Turkey claims an agreement gives it the right to explore for oil and gas in an exclusive economic zone

JEDDAH: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to create a “fait accompli” over rights to natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean by drilling off the coast of Libya, analysts told Arab News on Saturday.

Ankara’s announcement that it intends to activate last year’s maritime borders agreement with the Libyan government in Tripoli has brought simmering tensions to the boil.   

Turkey claims the agreement gives it the right to explore for oil and gas in an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between its southern coast and Libya’s northeastern coast. However, Greece, Cyprus and the EU say the deal is illegal. Turkey may also face EU sanctions over drilling in Cypriot territorial waters.

Ankara has not said exactly where it will drill, but experts told Arab News they expect exploration activities to begin off Tripoli in the short term, and then near to the coastal city of Sirte.

“From a tactical point of view, Turkey may test the scenario of a crisis with Athens where escalation takes place and then, in the context of de-escalation, the two countries would have to discuss and negotiate their positions,” said Zenonas Tziarras, a researcher at PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Mona Sukkarieh, a political risk consultant and co-founder of Middle East Strategic Perspectives, said: “If we take Turkish operations off the Cypriot coast as an indicator, operations off the Libyan coast might start off on the less provocative part of the spectrum and grow bolder with time toward the more provocative part of the spectrum.

“The objective is to demonstrate a resolute determination in order to extract concessions or, at the very least, to impose itself as a player to reckon with.”