At the beginning of the pandemic, several Emirati doctors remained at their positions in US hospitals and medical institutions across the country to support and work alongside their American counterparts in the fight against COVID-19. Dr. Ajlan Al Zaki, originally from Abu Dhabi, is an internal medicine resident at Stanford Health Care, where he is treating COVID-19 patients.
Since this global health crisis began, the UAE has worked with US partners to expand coronavirus testing, support scientific research and study of the virus and develop innovative solutions to enhance care for COVID patients.
- In May, Mubadala and its aerospace manufacturing subsidiary Strata announced a partnership with American company Honeywell to set up a new production line for N95 face masks at Strata’s Al Ain facility. The production line will produce 90,000 masks per week and fill critical needs for medical staff in the UAE and beyond.
- As long-time supporters of Children’s National Hospital, Ambassador Al Otaiba and his wife Abeer were among the initial supporters who helped launch the hospital’s drive-up COVID-19 testing location at Trinity Washington University, the first of its kind in the Washington, DC area.
- Millions of test kits from the UAE have been distributed to communities around the US, including Nevada. One of the largest mass COVID-19 testing sites opened in Las Vegas with help from a donation of more than 200,000 test kits from the UAE. The Nevada COVID-19 task force partnered with the UAE and G42, a technology company based in Abu Dhabi to help University Medical Center develop the high-volume testing site and laboratory.
- Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is working to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE while continuing to provide world-class care and treatment to patients. The hospital set up screening tents outside its emergency room and launched an app that allows patients to schedule virtual appointments with their doctor.