Modern cargo facility to handle medicines opened in Riyadh

Modern cargo facility to handle medicines opened in Riyadh
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Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Saudi minister of transportation, officially opens the facility at SAL. (AN photo by Yazeed Alsamrani)
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Al-Jasser, and Dr. Hisham Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) taking a tour of the SAL facility. (AN photo by Yazeed Alsamrani)
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Saleh Al-Jasser, minister of transportation, centre, tours the facility. (AN photo by Yazeed Alsamrani)
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Saleh Al-Jasser, minister of transportation, left, tours the facility. (AN photo by Yazeed Alsamrani)
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the Saudi Logistics Company (SAL) CEO Omar Hariri talks during the press conference. (AN photo by Yazeed Alsamrani)
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Updated 26 November 2020

Modern cargo facility to handle medicines opened in Riyadh

Modern cargo facility to handle medicines opened in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser on Wednesday inaugurated a new medical supplies and warehousing facility at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.
The Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL) company’s state-of-the-art center in Cargo Village will handle medicines, related items, and house cooling warehouses.
SAL CEO Omar Hariri told a press conference that the opening coincided with the implementation of global measures on the import and export of vaccines to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The international efforts required “putting all the operational capabilities in a state of maximum readiness” in coordination with the health authorities, he said.
An area of 5,000 square meters will be used for medicine shipments and perishable materials, of which 900 square meters will be the delivery area. The new cooling areas are three times bigger than the previous ones.
The project contains four gates, three of which are for perishable materials and one for medical supplies.

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•The project contains four gates, three of which are for perishable materials and one for medical supplies.

• An area of 5,000 square meters will be used for medicine shipments and perishable materials.

• The refrigeration capacity of the facility is 365,000 tons per year.

• The center has also been equipped with 60 devices to monitor temperatures and humidity levels every five minutes.

The refrigeration capacity of the facility is 365,000 tons per year contained in 13 refrigerated warehouses for perishable and medical supplies coming to Riyadh.
The center has also been equipped with 60 devices to monitor temperatures and humidity levels every five minutes using cloud systems to store and monitor information certified by the International Air Transport Association.
The total screening area covers 650 square meters at a temperature of 17 degrees and has a refrigerated medical container loading area with a capacity of up to 20 containers, as well as thermal isolation and temperature-preserving products.
Dr. Hisham Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), said the facility met international standards. “The SFDA has distinguished Saudi scientists, who work to review the standards and specifications to ensure the effectiveness and safety of vaccines,” he added.
Al-Jadhey told Arab News that the SFDA had worked on three aspects in relation to vaccines. “The first aspect is to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccine and by looking at clinical and pre-clinical studies.
“The second is to make sure the vaccine is safe by looking at the studies that have been submitted to use the trials conducted on the vaccine.
“And the third aspect, we check the quality of the vaccine in terms of the presence of defects, manufacturing capabilities, and the quality of the factories,” he said.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.