Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives COVID-19 vaccine
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Prince Faisal shared a picture on Twitter of himself receiving the shot. (@FaisalbinFarhan)
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Prince Faisal shared a picture on Twitter of himself receiving the shot. (@FaisalbinFarhan)
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Updated 12 January 2021

Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives COVID-19 vaccine
  • Prince Faisal shared a picture on Twitter of himself receiving the shot

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
“Today I received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, may God reward our leadership for its great efforts to provide the vaccine quickly and safely for citizens and residents,” Prince Faisal said on Twitter, alongside a picture of him receiving the shot. 
“I would also like to express my pride in the health front line heroes who do their work with dedication and mastery.”
Last week, King Salman received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, along with several ministers and officials. 
The Saudi health ministry announced on Tuesday 147 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths related to the virus.


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.

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