Kuala Lumpur: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah addressed Dr Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (Dec 23).
It was part of the itinerary of a five-day special visit to Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Sultan Abdullah.
The meeting, among others, addressed the intention of the UAE government to provide Malaysia with the Covid-19 vaccine for clinical studies in the region.
Sultan Abdullah expressed his appreciation for the intention of Dr. Abdul Rahman and the UAE government,” said Royal Household Comptroller Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin of Istana Negara in a statement Thursday” (Dec 24).
However, his Majesty Ahmad Fadil said that many processes need to be taken into account in order to understand the feasibility of clinical trials in Malaysia, in particular through the Clinical Research Centre, the Clinical Research Institute and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division, before any vaccine is approved in the country.
Ahmad Fadil said the UAE’s plan to donate the Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia. Also, Sultan Abdullah’s special visit there reflected the good and close bilateral ties between the two countries.
It also shows that in the battle against Covid-19, he said, Malaysia and the UAE are working together.
During the visit, Sultan Abdullah also welcomed Sheikh Mohamed Zayed Al Nahyan. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to his official residence on 22 December.
At the invitation of Sheikh Mohamed, Sultan Abdullah paid a special visit to the UAE.
Lastly, his Majesty is scheduled to return home tomorrow (Dec 25).
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