Envoys hail Saudi Arabia’s ‘vaccine for all’ rollout

Envoys hail Saudi Arabia’s ‘vaccine for all’ rollout
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Updated 20 January 2021

Envoys hail Saudi Arabia’s ‘vaccine for all’ rollout

Envoys hail Saudi Arabia’s ‘vaccine for all’ rollout
  • More than 300,000 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Foreign residents living and working in Saudi Arabia have welcomed a unique opportunity to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, with more than 300,000 inoculated so far.
The Ministry of Health’s Sehhaty app began accepting registrations for vaccination from Dec. 16 to ensure access to the treatment for all residents in the Kingdom.
Inoculations began the next day in the Saudi capital, with three vaccine centers opening across four regions less than a month later.
After receiving their first vaccine dose, a number of ambassadors to foreign missions  hailed the country’s efforts in providing treatment for all.

John Abizaid
US ambassador

Speaking to news media after being vaccinated, Abizaid said: “The organization here is terrific. The professionalism is outstanding. We were probably the first people in the embassy to get the vaccine. I wanted to show the American community here in Saudi Arabia and all 80,000 that it is safe, that it is effective. We want to thank you for this opportunity to see Saudi healthcare workers in action and we really feel good about being in your country. If there was a place to be during the pandemic, it has been Saudi Arabia.”

Jorg Ranau
Germany’s ambassador

After receiving his second dose of the vaccine, the envoy said that he was proud to have a vaccine developed in his home country and provided for Saudis and foreigners in the Kingdom.
“I encourage everyone to get the vaccine because it is the only safe way to achieve herd immunity that will enable everyone to return to normal life. I encourage all German citizens in the Kingdom to register for the vaccine through the Sehhaty app.”
 
Andreas Schaller
Swiss envoy

“Like many of my team members, I just got the COVID-19 vaccine and was impressed by the ease of making the appointment by app and the exemplary organization. Thank you to all responsible, competent health staff for caring so well for the people, Saudis and international guests like me.”

Jo Byung Wook
South Korean envoy

“Today I heard that the Saudi authorities have approved two more vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Moderna for use in the Kingdom, in addition to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being used in this country. I expect that this will further enhance the Kingdom’s vaccination capability to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I received my first dose of the vaccine only three days after applying. I was impressed by the efficiency of the vaccination process and the professionalism of the healthcare practitioners. I highly encourage my fellow Korean residents to receive the vaccine.”

Balazs Selmeci
Hungarian ambassador

The Hungarian envoy thanked the Saudi government and the Health Ministry after both he and his family were inoculated.
“We have to say thanks to the Saudi government and the MOH for giving all of the residents here in Saudi Arabia the vaccination free of charge. I think that the authorities were well prepared for the arrival of the vaccine and also tried to prepare the staff. It’s clear that KSA has a detailed plan for the vaccination, which is working.
“The organization of the vaccination is perfect and I hope that more and more people will register here as the Saudi authorities are doing everything to grant the vaccine to everybody.”

Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez
Ambassador of Spain

“I am very happy to say that the management by the Saudi authorities, the health authorities, the government and also the people of Saudi Arabia has been excellent since the pandemic started. All the measures taken we had to bear with patience, but it was for the good of everybody.
“As a Spanish citizen who lives happily in Saudi Arabia, I’m particularly grateful for the way it has been handled in an exemplary manner, and now we are in another phase thanks to the progress of the scientific community. We now have a vaccine, which ideally is going to allow normalcy to return in a few months’ time when most of the population will have taken it.
“I am also grateful because I had the opportunity to be vaccinated today. It was a swift procedure, efficient, done through the Sehhaty app, and I encourage everybody to go and take it. It doesn’t hurt at all will provide the immunity we are seeking.”

Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama
Djibouti envoy

The ambassador took to Twitter to thank the leadership for facilitating the vaccine for all. “The organization, reception and performance were organized and appropriate as was with the first dose. We reiterate our thanks and appreciation to the leadership of the Kingdom and to the Ministry of Health, which dealt well with the coronavirus pandemic.”

 


Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 4 more COVID-19 deaths
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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 369,613
  • A total of 6,514 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced four deaths from COVID-19 and 375 new infections on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 162 were recorded in Riyadh, 66 in Makkah, 61 in the Eastern Province, 24 in the Northern Borders region, 14 in Madinah, 11 in Asir, six in Hail, two in Najran and two in Jazan.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 369,613 after 336 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,514 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.


Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan
Updated 04 March 2021

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Jazan
  • The coalition is taking all precautions to protect civilians as the Houthi militia continue targeting them

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targetting Saudi Jazan.

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Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan
Updated 04 March 2021

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

AL-MAHRA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) launched the second phase of the winter clothes project in Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governorate on Wednesday. The aid, which included winter clothing, has benefited 700 people so far.
Local Council Secretary-General Abdullah Neimer praised the role of Saudi Arabia represented by KSrelief for its efforts and interventions in various sectors.
In Yemen also, KSrelief distributed more than 76,184 tons of foodstuffs for those in need in the rural areas of Hadibu, the capital of the Socotra archipelago province.
Meanwhile in Jordan, KSrelief clinics continued providing medical services in the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. More than 400 patients with various conditions were provided with medical services and prescriptions at different clinics.


DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards
Updated 04 March 2021

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

DiplomaticQuarter: British Embassy in Riyadh announces finalists for Study UK Alumni Awards

The British Embassy and British Council in Saudi Arabia have announced the nine finalists for the “Study UK Alumni Awards 2021 in Saudi Arabia.”
The finalists were selected from about 1,300 applicants for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia, a statement by the embassy said.
The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the British ambassador later this year.
The Study UK Alumni Awards were established in 2014 and celebrate the achievements of those who graduated from UK-based higher education institutions and went on to make outstanding contributions in various fields.
Neil Crompton, British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “I am delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021. This award celebrates the achievements of outstanding Saudi women and men who studied in the UK and are using their education to make a positive impact. As strategic partners for Vision 2030, we are proud of their achievements and contribution to their country. My congratulations to all our finalists and I look forward to meeting them at the award ceremony.”
Eilidh Kennedy McLean, British Council country director said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for recognizing and celebrating the success of Saudi alumni of UK universities. Their achievements are wide-ranging and inspirational, and directly contribute to the Vision 2030 goals and aspirations. The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its seventh year, international UK alumni applied from over 100 countries, representing almost 150 UK higher education institutions across the UK.”
The finalists of the “Professional Achievement Award,” which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field, are: Dr. Taghred Al-Ghaith, Dr. Roua Al-Subki, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Shammari.
The finalists of the “Social Impact Award,” which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are: Mashni Al-Saeed, Abdulmohsen Al-Dayel, and Dr. Bandar Al-Osaimi.
The finalists of the “Entrepreneurial Award,” which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in innovation, are: Dr. Wail Mousa, Arwa Al-Ammari, and Hattan Ahmed.
The Study UK Awards ceremonies are held in 13 countries including the US, China, Pakistan and Egypt.
 


Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims
Updated 04 March 2021

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

Muslim World League chief thanks Sri Lankan government for ending cremation of COVID-19 victims

RIYADH: The Sri Lankan government has agreed to the request of the Muslim World League (MWL) — in accordance with Islamic procedures — to stop cremating the bodies of Muslims who have died of COVID-19.
The news came in a phone call to Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, MWL secretary-general, from Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena.
During the call, Gunawardena told Al-Issa that the Sri Lankan government had agreed to the MWL’s request. Gunawardena said that this served to strengthen the close relationship between the MWL, which is a global reference for Muslim nations, and the Sri Lankan government.
Al-Issa thanked Sri Lanka for approving the MWL’s request to stop the cremation of the bodies of Muslims and instead allow their burial.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s decision.
The OIC said that it had on several occasions during the pandemic called on Sri Lankan authorities to refrain from cremating Muslims and to give them an Islamic burial.
 

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