Abu Dhabi University (ADU) in the UAE has created a face shield prototype in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The institution developed the face shield by laser-cutting polyethene terephthalate (PET) material. The final design was created in two days, following several trials to ensure comfortability and by optimising manufacturing and assembling time.

Several of its faculty members from separate disciplines were involved with the development of the face shield.

The face shields will be distributed to the hospitals and other healthcare centres across the country. ADU aims to deliver approximately 100 shields to the hospital over the following weeks.

Additionally, the university’s College of Engineering (COE) also produced 1,000 clips, a component of the face masks, in two days.

ADU chancellor Waqar Ahmad said: “As part of our efforts to contribute to the healthcare community amidst the current situation, ADU is proud to provide hospitals in Abu Dhabi with the clips for face masks to help fight against Covid-19.

“Using resources available within our facilities and the expertise of our resident faculty members and teaching assistance, we have been able to use advanced technology to support the local healthcare sector.

“We look forward to expanding our reach to other hospitals to share the products and do our part to help combat the virus.”

On 18 May, the UAE has confirmed more than 23,000 Covid-19 cases in the country. The death toll stands at 220.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 4.7 million people and killed 315,000.