Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (SPA/file)
Updated 14 September 2019

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and conveyed to him the regards of King Salman and the Crown Prince, Saudi state agency SPA reported on Saturday.

During the meeting, they highlighted the Kingdom’s firm and supportive stance to Yemen and the latter’s constitutional legitimacy under the leadership of Hadi to restore security, peace and stability, in accordance with the recognized peace references of the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue and the relevant UN resolutions, especially Resolution 2216.

 

 

They also stressed that the security of Yemen goes in pair with the Saudi security, reiterating the Kingdom’s permanent position supporting legitimacy to counter the rebellion and coup of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and to preserve Yemen’s unity, security and stability.

Prince Khalid has also praised the Yemeni President’s keenness on dialogue to address any issues.

The meeting was attended by the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh, Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Moeen Abdulmalik, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Salem Al-Khanbashi, and  Abdullah Al-Olaimi, director of the Yemeni president's office.


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

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
Updated 16 January 2021

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.

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. Iman Almansour, professor of epidemiology

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.