Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi ranks first in major global survey for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic

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Abu Dhabi has topped a list of the world’s 25 leading cities for their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ranking, based on 50 parameters across five categories, including health care and the economy, demonstrates the impact of the emirate’s response to the pandemic.

Health authorities have implemented mass testing, introduced a comprehensive vaccination programme and offered financial supports to businesses, while opening up in safe manner.

Abu Dhabi was followed by Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, Ottawa and Berlin in the report issued by renowned London-based analytics consortium, Deep Knowledge Group.

Within weeks of the pandemic breaking out in March 2020, authorities established field hospitals, mass testing centres and screening facilities. New initiatives prioritised vulnerable groups including providing free testing and health checks, distributing millions of free meals, providing health awareness programmes in multiple languages and mental health support.

Medics have also collaborated in global efforts to find a vaccine, including leading the world’s first Phase III trials of an inactivated viral vaccine.

Logistics have also been important, with the establishment of the Hope Consortium to coordinate the delivery of billions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine around the world.

Now tourism chiefs are also ensuring the city is reopening in safe way with the introduction of the green list. Anyone coming from these countries does not have to quarantine.

Major exhibitions such as Idex have been staged safely, showing that Abu Dhabi is emerging strongly into the post-Covid world.

Updated: April 6, 2021 07:43 PM