1,500 get virus jab in single day at Dhahran center

The Health Ministry earlier announced that more than 750,000 people have signed up to receive the vaccine following the launch of a national inoculation campaign last week. (SPA)
The Health Ministry earlier announced that more than 750,000 people have signed up to receive the vaccine following the launch of a national inoculation campaign last week. (SPA)
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Updated 01 January 2021

1,500 get virus jab in single day at Dhahran center

1,500 get virus jab in single day at Dhahran center

JEDDAH: Dhahran’s newly opened coronavirus vaccination center in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom is inoculating up to 1,500 people a day as growing numbers of Saudis register for the vaccine.
The Health Ministry earlier announced that more than 750,000 people have signed up to receive the vaccine following the launch of a national inoculation campaign last week.
The campaign is focused on citizens and residents over 65, people vulnerable to infection, those with chronic illnesses and front-line health workers.
Ibrahim Al-Oraifi, director general of health affairs in the Eastern Province, told Al-Arabiya TV that up to 48 health practitioners are working nine hours a day at the Dhahran center’s 80 vaccination clinics.
“By Friday, we will have more than 42,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine. Other batches of the vaccines will arrive soon,” he said.
The center, which opened four days ago, operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but this could be extended to 24 hours a day if necessary, Al-Oraifi said.
“The center can receive from 10,000 to 12,000 people, both Saudis and expats, per day. In January, another vaccination center will open in Al-Ahsa. We may also open a third center in about four weeks to help reduce pressure on this center,” he added.
About 1,500 people were expected to take the vaccine on Thursday, Al-Oraifi said.
Saudi Arabia on Thursday reported nine new COVID-19-related deaths, lifting the toll in the Kingdom since the pandemic began to 6,223. A total of 140 new cases were reported, raising the number with the disease to 362,741. There are 2,665 active cases, with 368 in a critical condition.
According to the ministry, 55 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, 31 in Makkah and eight in Madinah. In addition, 171 more patients recovered from the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 353,853.
The Health Ministry has identified those who should avoid vaccination: Pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those planning pregnancy in the next two months; people who suffer from severe allergic reactions that require epinephrine injections; and those infected by the virus in the past three months.
People who should be first to receive the vaccination are the obese with a body mass index exceeding 40; those suffering from immunodeficiencies and/or taking immunosuppressive drugs; and individuals with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart problems, obstructive pulmonary disease or a history of strokes.


Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia
Updated 24 September 2021

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia
  • Houthi militia’s escalation in attacks is deliberate attempt to target civilians: Coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped Houthi drone launched toward Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Abha on Friday.

The militia’s escalation in attacks is a deliberate attempt to target civilians, the coalition said. 

On Thursday, the Iran-backed militia launched five armed drones toward Saudi Arabia as people celebrated the Kingdom’s 91st national day. All the drones were intercepted. 

On Wednesday, the Houthis launched three drones toward the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, all of which were shot down.


Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 24 September 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 535,842
  • A total of 8,688 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced four deaths from COVID-19 and 51 new infections on Friday.

Of the new cases, 14 were recorded in Riyadh, 12 in Makkah, five in the Eastern Province, four in Madinah, three in Jazan, three in Najran, two in Asir, two in Tabuk, one in Hail, one in Al-Jouf and one in the Northern Borders region.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 535,842 after 59 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,688 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 41.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi foreign minister meets US Special Envoy for Iran

Saudi foreign minister meets US Special Envoy for Iran
Updated 24 September 2021

Saudi foreign minister meets US Special Envoy for Iran

Saudi foreign minister meets US Special Envoy for Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan met on Friday with the US Special Envoy for Iran Affairs Robert Malley, state news agency SPA reported.
The two officials met on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the meeting, they discussed enhancing joint action, and developments towards the nuclear program.
Iran has been urged to return rapidly to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiations in Vienna to reduce tensions over Tehran’s nuclear programme.


Coalition forces thwart Houthi attempts to disrupt Saudi National Day celebrations with drone attacks

Coalition forces thwart Houthi attempts to disrupt Saudi National Day celebrations with drone attacks
Updated 24 September 2021

Coalition forces thwart Houthi attempts to disrupt Saudi National Day celebrations with drone attacks

Coalition forces thwart Houthi attempts to disrupt Saudi National Day celebrations with drone attacks

RIYADH: Iran-backed Houthi terrorists launched five armed drones toward Saudi Arabia late on Thursday as the Kingdom celebrated its 91st national day, state media Al-Ekhbariya TV and the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The weaponized drones, which came in waves, were intercepted and destroyed by coalition air defenses before they could do any harm, the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government was quoted by state media as saying.

"The Joint Forces Command affirmed that all necessary operational measures are taken to protect the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its citizens and residents in order to neutralize and destroy these hostile cross-border attacks," the SPA report said.

In a tweet, Al-Ekhbariyah TV said the 4th and 5th drones came just before midnight as Saudi National Day celebrations continued.

On Wednesday, Houthi terrorists launched three drones toward the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, all of which were shot down. On Monday, Coalition forces destroyed two bomb-laden boats that the Houthis were planning to use in Yemen's northwestern port city of Hodeidah.

Critics say the Houthis have been emboldened with the lifting by the US government of their designation as a global terrorist organization.

Washington removed the designation last February in a policy shift by the Biden administration, in hopes of getting the Houthis back to the negotiation table.

The Houthis, however, have refused to respond positively to UN-brokered peace talks.


International community condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

International community condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia
Updated 24 September 2021

International community condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

International community condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen praised the efficiency of Coalition air defenses in intercepting Houthi missiles and drones

RIYADH: The UAE, Bahrain, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday joined a chorus of international condemnation of a failed ballistic missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthis on civilians in Saudi Arabia.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen praised the efficiency of Saudi-led coalition air defenses in intercepting and destroying the missile before it reached Jazan in the southwest of the Kingdom.

He renewed his call for the international community to take decisive action to stop the ongoing threats from ballistic missile and bomb-laden drone attacks by Houthis operating from Yemen.

Al-Othaimeen pointed out that the OIC considered the militia group’s actions to be war crimes and a challenge to international humanitarian law.

Coalition forces supporting Yemen’s legitimate government on Wednesday thwarted another wave of Houthi drone attacks targeting Saudi Arabia that came two days after an attempted boat-bomb strike was foiled in Hodeidah.

The UAE and Bahrain condemned the latest attacks and gave their full backing to measures taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its security, stability, and the safety of its citizens.

In a statement, the coalition said Saudi air defenses on Wednesday intercepted and destroyed three explosive-laden drones launched by the Houthis toward the southern city of Khamis Mushayt. One drone had been launched in the morning, and the other two later in the day.