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Abu Dhabi recognised as world’s most pandemic-resilient city

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Abu Dhabi has once again been recognised as the world’s top pandemic-resilient city globally, according to the latest report by London-based Deep Knowledge Analytics (DKA).

In a similar report published by DKA in the first half of 2021, Abu Dhabi also ranked number one. Since then an additional 28 cities have been examined and added to the ranking, brining the total to 100.

The city’s top spot reflects the emirate’s comprehensive, efficient and timely COVID-19 response that reinforced Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector as a leading model both regionally and internationally.

The Pandemic-Resilient Cities Ranking evaluated the continued progress of key cities and presented additional policy recommendations to rectify major shortcomings based on six parameters – government efficiency, economic resilience, healthcare management, quarantine measures, vaccination strategy and cultural compliance.

Abu Dhabi was able to ensure business continuity to keep the economy functioning and preserve the health and safety of the wider community.

The emirate achieved a COVID-19 testing capacity of over 500,000 tests per day and established 27 drive-through testing and vaccination centres with nearly 100 per cent of the community receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, Abu Dhabi succeeded in increasing healthcare capacity by 200 per cent in relation to the number of patient beds at hospitals as well as increasing the number of intensive care beds by 300 per cent.

Abu Dhabi also played a leading role in global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, through its participation in clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutic innovations, and through its contributions to accelerating the pace of vaccine and medicine development and distribution to the world.

The city was able to successfully leverage its geographical location and healthcare infrastructure to establish the unique pharma corridor, HOPE Consortium. The Abu Dhabi-led public-private partnership helped lead the global effort against the COVID-19 pandemic through delivering over 260 million vaccine doses to over 60 nations around the world while the Emirate’s testing capabilities for COVID-19 were also used to assist several countries in their epidemiological investigation efforts.

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