Saudi Arabia steps up measures to ensure drug supplies during coronavirus pandemic

The authority has begun issuing immediate approvals to applications for the registration. (SPA)
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Updated 23 March 2020

Saudi Arabia steps up measures to ensure drug supplies during coronavirus pandemic

  • Officials are also maintaining checks on the availability of drugs for use in the treatment of the COVID-19 disease

RIYADH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has stepped up measures to ensure the availability of drugs and pharmaceuticals during the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

As well as checking stockpiles, the authority has begun issuing immediate approvals to applications for the registration, manufacture and import of pharmaceuticals and sterilizers and has tightened procedures to monitor for any possible shortages caused by disruption to global supplies.

Officials are also maintaining checks on the availability of drugs for use in the treatment of the COVID-19 disease, in collaboration with the Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other measures being taken by the authority to tackle the pandemic, include receiving regular reports from national and international health agencies and manufacturers on drug availability, and developing an integrated plan to reduce the impact of any global shortage of drugs on the Kingdom’s stocks.

The SFDA has also increased communications with its dealers, distributors and pharmacies to help determine available quantities of medical supplies used in slowing the spread of the virus and has moved to ensure all sterilizer products conform with specifications approved by the authority.
 


Coalition hits Houthi targets in Yemen in response to missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

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Coalition hits Houthi targets in Yemen in response to missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

  • The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend
  • Operation aimed to 'neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets'

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s government carried out a series of airstrikes in Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen on Monday.

The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend.

The coalition said the operation aimed to “neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets of the terrorist Houthi militia” and to “confront ongoing and imminent threats.”

“The targets that were destroyed include advanced capabilities of the terrorist militia, storage, assembly and installation sites of ballistic missiles and UAVs, locations of (Iran’s) Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) experts, and weapons depots,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He added that the targets were spread across the Houthi controlled territory in the north of Yemen, including the port city of Hodeidah, which has become the main flashpoint of the conflict.

Al-Malki added that Iran’s support of the Houthis showed the regime stands with “destruction and aggression” while the rest of the world is unifying to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Two civilians suffered minor injuries from falling debris after Saudi air defense intercepted and destroyed the missiles over Riyadh and Jazan late on Saturday night.

The attack received global condemnation, including from the UAE, UK and US.