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UAE launches first robot pharmacyDubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its first “robot pharmacy” at Rashid Hospital in Dubai, a media report said on Friday. This smart pharmacy is deploying a robot for the first time in the UAE to dispense prescribed medication, which would be done at a click of button based on a bar code, therefore “minimise any human error,” Xinhua cited a report by UAE state news agency WAM.

The robot, which will start serving customers from Sunday, can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12 prescriptions in less than a minute, which would reduce customers’ waiting time significantly. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said it plans to adopt the use of robot in all its hospitals soon.

The robot is one of the latest smart technologies adopted by the authority to meet the 2016-2021 strategy, which aims to achieve a “happy and healthy society,” DHA said. The UAE has installed robots at several public places in order to be at the forefront of a digital economy within the Arab world. Robots greet passengers at Dubai international airport and the first driverless cars are tested by the Dubai government in the Business Bay near the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa.

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Pakistan starts clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine

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Pakistan has started stage three clinical trials of a China-made Covid-19 vaccine, Executive Director of the country’s National Institute of Health (NIH) Aamer Ikram said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference, the official said the vaccine will be administered to 8,000 to 10,000 volunteers across the country and its final results are expected to come out in about six months, Xinhua news agency.

After the results, Pakistan will start administering it to the general public.

He said the vaccine has already been declared safe on animals and there are high expectations that it will proven safe for humans too.

Special Assistant to the country’s Prime Minister on National Health Services Faisal Sultan also briefed the media on the vaccine, saying that if the clinical trial succeeded, it will not only benefit Pakistanis but the world.

Sultan said the trial of the vaccine is a vital step for Pakistan because it will help in the capacity building of the country to prepare vaccines against other viral diseases.

The vaccine has been approved for trial by the drug regulatory authority of Pakistan and it will be administered under the supervision of the NIH.

Pakistan has so far reported more than 306,000 coronavirus cases and 6,420 deaths.

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