Abu Dhabi retains world leader in pandemic response

Sharjah24: Abu Dhabi once again tops the list of the world’s leading cities for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the London-based analysis consortium, Deep Knowledge Group (DKG).
The Deep Knowledge Group released the report, “Ranking the safest cities during the COVID-19 pandemic for the second quarter of 2021,” which was based on 114 metrics covering key aspects of the COVID-19 response. The ranking focused on five main categories, including government effectiveness, economic resilience, the effectiveness of the quarantine system, health care management and vaccination rates. The categories were applied to 72 cities and municipalities around the world, where 50 top-ranked cities among them were selected and analyzed to identify best practices and the challenges they face.

The first version of the report was released in April 2021 and ranked Abu Dhabi as the safest city in the world during the pandemic.

This achievement is the result of the wise guidance and continued support of the leaders of Abu Dhabi, who continue to follow in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in making the UAE a safe and prosperous country. The ranking was also made possible through the efforts of senior management and staff from various public and private institutions, as well as the dedication of field teams and healthcare professionals.

Abu Dhabi tops the rankings due to measures that have helped improve the speed and effectiveness of its response to the pandemic. As a result of these measures, the health and safety of the community has been protected, while maintaining an open and competitive economy. Abu Dhabi has also maintained its position as a pioneer in scientific research, digital initiatives and technologies, and a leading destination for medical tourism.

DKG ranked the cities identified as having the most effective response to the pandemic. Cities were assessed on: health care management (efficient infrastructure, human skills and efficient medical staff, advanced tools, efficiency of diagnostic systems, number of beds in health facilities and expenditure in the health sector) ; effective health quarantine systems (extent and duration of home quarantine, economic support for quarantined people, travel guidelines and restrictions, legal action against home quarantine violators); immunization rate (vaccine availability, immunization rate per capita and home immunization services); government effectiveness (surveillance systems, crisis management, trust in government and digital services); and the resilience of the economy (incentive programs, exemptions, social support and credit rating). Abu Dhabi was followed by Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv and Dubai.

Abu Dhabi’s vigorous response to the pandemic has enabled the Emirate to maintain a low rate of positive cases and one of the lowest per capita death rates in the world, while adapting and scaling up the supply of health care to protect every member of society. Within weeks, field hospitals, mass testing centers and testing facilities, including drive-thru services, were established. New initiatives have prioritized vulnerable groups, including offering free tests and checkups, distributing millions of free meals, offering health awareness programs in multiple languages ​​and health support mental.

The emirate has led research and development, facilitated scientific discoveries to fight the virus and collaborated in global efforts to find a vaccine, including participating in the world’s first Phase III trials of an inactivated viral vaccine.

Abu Dhabi has played a key role in the UAE’s vaccination campaign, which has resulted in more than 88% of the UAE population having already received a free vaccine.

Abu Dhabi continues to work and grow to maintain the effectiveness of its pandemic strategies and share its inspiring experience globally to help eliminate the effects of the COVID-19 virus in various parts of the world.

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