Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

A doctor prepares a syringe in a municipal vaccination centre in Nice, southeastern France, Sept. 9, 2009. (Reuters)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Saudi Health Ministry launches mobile flu vaccination service with Careem

  • The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones
  • A nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family

JEDDAH: Saudi patients will be able to order a flu vaccination administered in their own homes after the Health Ministry launched a mobile service with Careem.

The service can be ordered through the ride-hailing app on smart phones.

After selecting the vaccination, a nurse will be transported to their homes or workplace, where the jab can be carried out for the applicant and members of their family.

The service, part of a seasonal flu vaccination drive, will be available from Wednesday until Nov. 13.

The ministry said the service will be applied in several cities and provinces across the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Qasim, Jazan, Hail, Tabouk, Madinah, Al-Jawf, Ihsaa, Assir, Al-Khobar, Dhahran and Qatif.

The ministry has assigned more than 160 vehicles to provide the service, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.