Pharma sector essential to UAE national security says MoH Undersecretary
With the recent opening of Sanofi’s new Distribution Centre in Dubai South, there are now 77 pharma companies with logistics operations on the ground in the UAE, which is a key part of the UAE’s emergency and disaster planning, according to the MoH.
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“An efficient supply chain is fundamental to ensuring access to quality treatment for many,” said Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on the sidelines of the event.
“This is an important priority for the UAE, and we applaud Sanofi for its efforts and contribution towards the continued achievement of this goal in the country,” he added.
“Having these companies here supports the national security of the UAE, providing the government with a strategic stock of medication that gives us quick support for the deployment of medications in an emergency or crisis,” says Al Amiri.
The UAE government has signed MoUs with a number of pharma companies with logistics operations in the country, giving the UAE unrestricted access to at least 30% of the stock in an emergency, that stock is renewed frequently to prevent any expiration of the medicines.
“This gives the UAE unrivalled access to critical medicines for the population in the event of an emergency,” says Al Amiri.