UAE’s culture minister becomes latest govt official to receive coronavirus trial vaccine

UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Al-Kaabi, thanked the nurse for her work. (Instagram)
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Updated 17 October 2020

UAE’s culture minister becomes latest govt official to receive coronavirus trial vaccine

  • Noura Al-Kaabi received her vaccination the day after the foreign minister
  • Social media post shows the minister receiving the injection in her arm

DUBAI: The UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura Al-Kaabi, has become the latest official in the country to receive the COVID-19 trial vaccine.

In her latest Instagram post, Al-Kaabi appears to be receiving the jab, with a message praising the nurse who administered the vaccination.

“Thank you Nurse Ozma, from Lahore! She’s been working in the UAE for the past 18 years.”

 

 

She follows the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan who received the vaccination on Friday and shared the news on his twitter account.

Al-Nahyan later said the vaccine was manufactured by Sinopharm in a tweet.

Last month, UAE issued emergency approval for the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline healthcare workers.

“The vaccine will be available to our first line of defense heroes who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus,” the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said.

The vaccine is compatible with the country’s laws, the country’s Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman Al-Owais, who was also the first to receive a vaccine, said.

Its effective and has resulted in a “strong response” by generated antibodies in trial volunteers, the health minister said.

The UAE has reported 1,538 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, increasing total of infected people since the start of the pandemic to 114,387.


Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, officials say

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Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, officials say

  • Long-time foes Israel and Lebanon launched the border negotiations in October

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM: US-mediated talks between Lebanon and Israel that were scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed until further notice, a Lebanese security source and an Israeli official said on Monday.
Long-time foes Israel and Lebanon launched the negotiations in October with delegations convening at a UN base to try to resolve a dispute about their maritime border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.
The US mediators, who informed the Lebanese side of the delay, will have bilateral contacts with both sides, the Lebanese source said. The Israeli official confirmed the delay but said he could give no further details.
The Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals.
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, in an interview with Israeli Army Radio last week, said there had been no breakthrough after four rounds of talks and that Lebanon had “so far presented positions which add up to a provocation.”
Steinitz said he expected “many more hurdles and bust-ups” but hoped a breakthrough could be reached in a few months.