King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh

King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held a meeting on Thursday with Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (SPA)
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Updated 30 January 2020

King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh

King Salman meets UNESCO chief in Riyadh
  • Reviewed organization's efforts to enhance Saudi heritage
  • Meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held a meeting on Thursday with Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during her visit to Riyadh.

During the meeting, they reviewed UNESCO’s prominent efforts and ways to enhance and develop cooperation between the Kingdom and the organization in the fields of education, science and culture.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Education Minister Dr. Hamad Al-Asheikh and Tamim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Salem, assistant special secretary to King Salman.

Azoulay also had a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, during which the two reviewed Saudi initiatives and programs in the field of culture and means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.


Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected
Updated 18 January 2021

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected

Saudi Arabia vaccinates 300,000 against COVID-19, no side effects detected
  • Citizens and residents are eligible to receive the vaccine through Sehaty app
  • Saudi Arabia started its inoculation campaign on Dec. 17

RIYADH: Almost 300,000 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said on Sunday.
“The vaccine is the key and the powerful weapon that will make us healthy,” ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
He said citizens and residents who have a valid national identity number or residence number are eligible to receive the vaccine through the “Sehaty” app.
Al-Abd Al-Aly also said that no side effects of the vaccine have been detected so far.
“The indicators of recording confirmed cases, recoveries and critical cases in the Kingdom are moving toward positivity and decline,” he told reporters.
Saudi Arabia started its inoculation campaign on Dec. 17 and was the first Arab country to use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 176 new cases on Sunday, raising the total to 364,929 cases, of which 1,919 are active cases still receiving medical care, and 319 critical cases.
The Kingdom also confirmed five deaths related to the virus in the previous 24 hours and 146 people had recovered.
Al-Abd Al-Aly added that centers and facilities affiliated with the Ministry of Health are continuing to provide health services, including conducting tests and examinations, across the Kingdom.