New COVID-19 vaccine center opens in 4th KSA region

New COVID-19 vaccine center opens in 4th KSA region
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Nujood Medical Center. (SPA)
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Updated 18 January 2021

New COVID-19 vaccine center opens in 4th KSA region

New COVID-19 vaccine center opens in 4th KSA region
  • Madinah governor and his deputy receive 1st dose of vaccine

JEDDAH: Madinah residents have started receiving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations at a newly opened center.

Vaccines kicked off at the Nujood Medical Center on Sunday, a hospital named after the late Nujood Al-Khaibari, a nurse who passed away due to complications after contracting COVID-19 while on duty.
The center — which was launched by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman last July — also received the governor and deputy governor, who were given their first doses.
Fifty clinics have been designated to receive patients and over 1 million of the Kingdom’s residents have registered to receive the inoculation.
Meanwhile, the rollout program in Jeddah’s vaccine center has increased and no waiting period is now required.
Patients arriving on time are directed to clinics to receive either their first or second dose, which is followed by a short period to ensure that all is well following their inoculations. In total, the process takes less than 20 minutes according to many who have received the vaccine so far.
Approximately 300,000 people have been inoculated since the first phase of the vaccine rollout program kicked off in December.

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Approximately 300,000 people have been inoculated since the first phase of the vaccine rollout program kicked off in December.

“The vaccination is an important tool, the more members of the community receiving it, the quicker we’ll reach herd immunity, enough so to return to our normal lives,” said Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly at Sunday’s press conference.
Al-Aly also warned that it is important that people continue to adhere to social distancing measures in order to reach optimal herd immunity and reduce all chances of another wave.
“Our adherence is our strongest feat and we have successfully gone through the challenging stages up to this point.”
Saudi Arabia reported 176 new confirmed of COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the total number of cases to 364,929. The Riyadh region reported the highest cases with 62 cases, Makkah followed with 34 cases and the Eastern Province reported 32 cases.
There are currently 1,919 active cases in the Kingdom, 319 of which are in critical care. Al-Aly said the decline in cases is stable, with a 96.4 percent decrease since the peak in mid-June. Critical cases are also maintaining a decline with a 86.2 percent drop.
There were 146 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 356,687. Five people have passed away due to complications from the infection. The Kingdom’s total number of mortalities is 6,323.

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$250k Saudi-backed UN science award launched

$250k Saudi-backed UN science award launched
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$250k Saudi-backed UN science award launched

$250k Saudi-backed UN science award launched

PARIS: A Saudi-backed global award to encourage young talents in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has been launched at the UN.
Al-Fozan Foundation, in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and with the support of the Saudi permanent delegation to UNESCO, made the announcement during the 212th session of the organization’s executive council.
The first international award at UNESCO to be offered by the Kingdom, it will celebrate the outstanding achievements of five young researchers from the UN agency’s five regions around the world and will offer prize money totaling $250,000.
Five jurors specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, will oversee the selection process and winners will be announced every two years.


Saudi women empowerment conference to focus on 7 themes

Saudi women empowerment conference to focus on 7 themes
Updated 11 min 28 sec ago

Saudi women empowerment conference to focus on 7 themes

Saudi women empowerment conference to focus on 7 themes
  • Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University will host the 2-day event, which will bring together more than 60 experts and ministers

RIYADH: Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University will hold a two-day conference to shed light on how Saudi Arabia has helped empower women through national reforms, government policies, and private initiatives.
The conference, which will be held on Nov. 22-23, will bring together more than 60 experts, ministers, and Saudi universities. It will explore seven themes and indicators of women empowerment in local and international organizations.
Prof. Nouf bint Abd Al-Aly Al-Ajmi, the vice-rector of Female Student Affairs, who is also the head of the organizing committee, told Arab News that many prominent female figures will participate in the conference.
“Saudi women have taken great strides towards empowerment, thanks to the legislation and laws issued to enhance women’s position and protect their social and personal rights and ensure their participation as decision-makers,” Al-Ajmi said.
The themes will focus on legislative reforms in the era of King Salman and how they have helped meet the demands and needs of women towards more vital social participation.
There will be an emphasis on national identity and citizenship through women’s empowerment in education and training.
The rector of the Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University, Prof. Ahmed Salim Al-Amiri, said the royal approval to organize this conference reflected the interest and support of the Kingdom’s leadership for Saudi women.
“Saudi women have enjoyed many rights while many historic and key decisions were issued to enhance women’s role in society and empower them to be an active partner in national development,” Al-Amiri said.
The rector said various governmental and non-governmental sectors will participate in the event, including Saudi universities, to explore women’s empowerment on different levels.
The conference will also focus on government projects and initiatives that support the empowerment of Saudi women, key indicators of women’s empowerment, and new functional areas.
The successes and achievements of women in the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will also be highlighted.


Who's Who: Waleed Al-Khayyat, head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint

Who's Who: Waleed Al-Khayyat, head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint
Updated 14 min 29 sec ago

Who's Who: Waleed Al-Khayyat, head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint

Who's Who: Waleed Al-Khayyat, head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint

Waleed Al-Khayyat is head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint, the Kingdom’s pioneering logistics real estate company, which builds and operates bonded and re-export zones, logistics parks and economic zones across Saudi Arabia.

Simultaneously, Al-Khayyat holds the portfolio of the head of communications and PR at the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, which is recognized among the most state-of-the-art container terminals not only in the Kingdom, but also across the region.

He joined the RSGT team as workplace service manager in March 2013 and won the employee of the year award the same year.

Al-Khayyat spent five years immersed in the logistics ecosystem at RSGT and gained hands-on practical experience in leadership, logistics, facilities management and operations.

He was entrusted with the portfolio of head of marketing and corporate communication at LogiPoint in October 2016 and took on the additional mantle of head of communications and PR at RSGT in February 2020.

He relishes the challenge of his dual roles and has spent the past eight years making his mark in the Kingdom’s logistics and supply chain industry, during which he has developed a passion for engaging with internal and external clients.

Al-Khayyat’s remit is to ensure that both companies communicate their value proposition to the local and international markets effectively, consistently and comprehensively.

Al-Khayyat completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cape Breton University, Canada, in 2010 and attained a master’s degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America, US, in 2012.

He believes in the value of growth through constant learning and has attended a variety of training, workshops and short courses which have enabled him to evolve as a professional.


Saudi Arabia to lead presidency of UNOCHA donor countries in 2022

Saudi Arabia to lead presidency of UNOCHA donor countries in 2022
Updated 14 min 59 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to lead presidency of UNOCHA donor countries in 2022

Saudi Arabia to lead presidency of UNOCHA donor countries in 2022
  • The UNOCHA work will aid advocacy, coordination, policy, and information management

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will lead the upcoming presidency of the group of donor countries for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from 2022-2023.
Assistant Supervisor General Director for Planning and Development at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi met with Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, to discuss the Kingdom’s presidency, its plan, and upcoming meetings in Geneva.
The two sides also discussed issues of common interest in humanitarian and relief affairs.
Along with the Kingdom’s humanitarian aid and rapid response efforts, the UNOCHA work will aid advocacy, coordination, policy, information management, and humanitarian financial tools and services.
During the meeting, Al-Ghamdi highlighted the role of the Saudi government in leading humanitarian and relief work around the world, focussing on KSRelief’s 1,700 projects in 75 countries at a total cost of $5.5 billion. Neighboring Yemen receives the most aid provisions due to its current political turmoil, with Palestine, Syria and Somalia following as top beneficiaries.
Last March, Supervisor-General of KSRelief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah announced the Kingdom’s pledge of $430 million to fund the UN Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2021. The Kingdom has been the leading donor of humanitarian assistance to Yemen for the past six years.
Al-Wasel praised KSRelief and its vital role in serving those affected around the world.


DiplomaticQuarter: Finland ambassador meets Saudi governor after solar deal struck

DiplomaticQuarter: Finland ambassador meets Saudi governor after solar deal struck
Updated 23 min 48 sec ago

DiplomaticQuarter: Finland ambassador meets Saudi governor after solar deal struck

DiplomaticQuarter: Finland ambassador meets Saudi governor after solar deal struck

RIYADH: Finland’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Antti Rytovuori, met Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz at the Eastern Province governorate in Dammam on Tuesday.
“We discussed current and potential cooperation between the two countries in many fields such as health, education, renewable energy, circular economies, trade and investment,” the ambassador told Arab News on Wednesday.
Rytovuori also briefed the governor on a recently signed contract between Finnish company Valoe Oyj and Saudi Arabia’s ICON Advanced Co Ltd. to establish a joint solar panel production venture in Dammam.
As part of the deal, ICON will own 60 percent of the business and Valoe Oyj 40 percent. The joint venture will see the construction of a manufacturing plant that Valoe will engineer and build.
Planned investment totals about 15 million euros ($17.5 million), including the solar module manufacturing plant, technology transfer, and training and initial operation, which will be delivered by the Finnish company.
Rytovuori praised the “rapid and extensive improvements” that the Kingdom has made in conditions for external investment.
The Kingdom and Finland in December last year stepped up joint efforts in infection prevention by signing a memorandum of understanding. The signing ceremony took place at the Finnish embassy in Riyadh.
Knowledge-exchange links between the two countries are based on the Kingdoms’s vast patient safety experience in mass gatherings.