Saudi working women given SR800 monthly transport assistance

Saudi working women given SR800 monthly transport assistance
Saudi women attending a training workshop of computer assembly and repair. (SPA file photo)
Updated 28 March 2019

Saudi working women given SR800 monthly transport assistance

Saudi working women given SR800 monthly transport assistance

RIYADH: Private sector female employees are being given up to SR800 ($213) per month to help toward the costs of travelling to and from work.
The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) said the financial assistance covered 80 percent of transport fees as part of its “Wusul” program to support the transfer of working women.
Under the scheme, women working in the private sector are provided with safe, high-quality transportation services in partnership with private taxi companies through licensed smart apps.
To benefit from the program, working women must have been registered with the social welfare system for less than 36 months and receive a maximum monthly salary of SR8,000.
HADAF has updated the transfer program to benefit more workers as part of its support for women with jobs in the private sector.


Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
Updated 8 min 31 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

RIYADH: Preclinical studies on the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 have been completed.

Professor of epidemiology Dr. Iman Almansour, who heads the team of researchers working on the vaccine at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), confirmed to Arab News on Friday that the studies were complete, and said clinical trials would begin as soon as “the proper approvals” had been given.

She did not specify when that is expected to happen.

The Ministry of Education is financing the team’s project. The team’s research paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmaceuticals.

According to the published paper, the vaccine has so far proven effective, when used on animals, in eliciting antibodies that will target the virus. “The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen,” Dr. Almansour explained.

Dr. Turki Almugaiteeb, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RPD Innovations, which runs the National Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center, told Arab News: “There is a great focus on the results of medical research because of the pandemic. Research can play a great role in developing a vaccine that can be adopted and further developed in the future. We can say that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, which can help produce and manufacture a national vaccine.”

Both Almugaiteeb and Almansour stressed that the experimental vaccine will need to go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Prof. Nasser Al-Aqeeli, the deputy minister of education for research and innovation, said the ministry supported programs at the Kingdom’s universities with more than SR500 million ($133.3 million) in 2020.