UAE Deploys New Weapon vs. Pandemic; Abu Dhabi Emirate Authorizes EDE Scanners to Detect Covid-19

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“We are pleased to add EDE scanning technology made in Abu Dhabi to the precautionary measures, helping to create safer areas and maintain public health.”

— His Excellency Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al-Kalbi

By EDD K. USMAN

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(SDN) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has authorized a new technology as a weapon against SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

It’s not a cure, nor a vaccine, but a technology — the EDE scanners — developed in Abu Dhabi to detect infections among people, thus helps prevent the transmission and spread of the coronavirus.

Comprised of seven emirates, the UAE has already deployed the new weapon in Abu Dhabi malls, according to Emirates newspaper Khaleej Times and is enjoying acceptance among residents because its result is quick — in five seconds the result is out.

The Department of Health (DOH) of Abu Dhabi, the biggest of the seven emirates comprising the UAE, has authorized the technology for deployment and use in detecting the presence of the coronavirus in people. Earlier, the Abu Dhabi authorities pilot-tested the EDE scanners involving 20,000 people.

After the study conducted in various sites in the emirate the UAE health authorities studied the results of the pilot deployment and came out impressed. They deployed the EDE scanners at the Ghantout entry point, in some public locations on Yas Island, and the entry-exit points in the Musaffah area, SDN — Science & Digital News learned from an email message from London, England.

EDE Covid-19 scanners in action. (Credit: Ryan Lim/Khallej Times.
EDE Covid-19 scanner in action. (Credit: Ryan Lim/Khallej Times.

Abu Dhabi tech experts created the EDE scanners technology.

“With more than 20,000 people tested, the results showed a high degree of effectiveness in using EDE scanners to detect a positive Covid-19 infection. The results showed 93.5 per cent sensitivity, reflecting the accuracy of identifying infected individuals, and 83 per cent accuracy in the specificity of the test, reflecting the accuracy of identifying non-infected individuals,” the message to SDN points out.

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“Abu Dhabi has adopted an integrated strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, based on increased testing to ensure safe entry into the emirate, vaccination and the continued implementation of precautionary measures.”

— His Excellency Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al-Kalbi

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Abu Dhabi Health Undersecretary Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al-Kaabi, undersecretary welcomed the results of the pilot study showing the EDE scanners’ capability in detecting people with positive infections.

“Abu Dhabi has adopted an integrated strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, based on increased testing to ensure safe entry into the emirate, vaccination and the continued implementation of precautionary measures,” he says.

“The use of the EDE scanning system is part of this strategy and reflects the leadership’s vision in harnessing modern technology to create solutions that turn challenges into opportunities. We are pleased to add EDE scanning technology made in Abu Dhabi to the precautionary measures, helping to create safer areas and maintain public health. The EDE scanners will be used alongside other approved testing methods, such as PCR and DPI.”

The EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi developed the scanning system under the International Holding Company (IHC). As designed it can detect a possible Covid-19 infection by measuring electromagnetic waves, which change when the RNA particles of the virus are present in the person’s body, therefore, providing an immediate result.

Khaleej Times’ report on the technology cited its wide acceptance because of its speedy result known in just five seconds after an EDE scanner (which looks like a smartphone) is pointed to a subject person.

Here’s what some Abu Dhabi residents said about the EDE Covid-19 scanners, as cited by Khaleej Times in an article written by Ugandan journalist Ismail Sebugwaawo:

Mayar Salti, an Abu Dhabi expat from the Caribbean:

“I visited Al Wahda mall this morning and I was surprised when a security guard used the Covid-19 scanner on my face. This was new to me. He then showed me the negative result and allowed to enter,” said Salti, 40.

“It was very quick and convenient. It took only a few seconds. I believe the use of this latest technology will promote safety in the malls and increase people’s confidence as you move around knowing that everyone is Covid-19 negative.”

Helen Zimmer, a Finnish expat, who is on a visit to Abu Dhabi to see her husband:

“I was stunned by the use of the EDE scanners to detect Covid-19 infections at shopping malls. This is something incredible and would contain the spread of the virus,” Zimmer told Khaleej Times when she visited Al-Wahda Mall.

UAE deploys EDE scanners vs Covid-19.
Credit: Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Filipina expat, Rose Peteho who visited Dalma Mall also hailed the new technology:

“When I reached the mall entrance, I pulled out my phone and opened the Alhosn app to show to the security guard. But he told me to leave it. He then used the EDE scanner to detect my status and showed me a negative result before I was allowed entry,” she said.

“I liked the process because it was so quick and convenient. It doesn’t require you to show anything to be allowed entry to the mall.”

Persons identified by the EDE Covid-19 scanners as being potentially infected will not be permitted entry and they will be asked to follow approved protocols and take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test inside 24 hours.

The UAE is one of the countries that has achieved massive vaccination of its nationals and residents such as expatriates. It is also one of the pioneers in using the Sinovac jab.

Gulf News reported today, June 29, the UAE has 631,160 total infections after addition of 2,184 cases. Death of Covid-19 is at 11,807 with inclusion of five latest fatalities.

On a positive (no pun intended) note, the Emirates recovery total is now 609,043. (✓)

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Featured image and all photographs credit and thanks to Ryan Lim of Khaleej Times.

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