Saudi Arabia says second vaccine dose ‘best protection against delta variant’

The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 194 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.17 million. (File/SPA)
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 194 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.17 million. (File/SPA)
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Updated 25 July 2021

Saudi Arabia says second vaccine dose ‘best protection against delta variant’

Saudi Arabia says second vaccine dose ‘best protection against delta variant’
  • The Kingdom records 12 deaths and 1,194 new cases in past 24 hours
  • 2 mosques reopened in 2 regions after being sterilized after 2 people tested positive for COVID-19

RIYADH: The best form of protection against the COVID-19 delta variant spreading rapidly around the world is receiving two doses of a vaccine, the Saudi Ministry of Health said on Sunday.
Spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly warned in a weekly press conference that the four major COVID-19 variants — alpha, beta, gamma and delta — are still circulating in 124 countries.
“Some of these variants are not great threats while others are more concerning. At this stage, the delta variant is the most important and concerning due to several factors,” Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
“The delta variant spreads between people three times faster than the original variant of the virus, and studies have shown that the severity of the symptoms in this variant is higher. Therefore research has proved that one dose of vaccine is not enough to strengthen the immune system against this harsh mutation,” he added.
“This variant has become prevalent throughout the world and some countries have recorded that 80 percent of their infections are a result of the delta variant.” These countries include: US, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Russia, Italy, India and the UK.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 518,143.

Al-Abd Al-Aly continued to urge Saudis who are eligible for vaccination to receive both jab doses as soon as possible. “All eligible categories are those who are aged 12 and older; it is important to hurry and receive both doses for the health security of the nation.”
He mentioned that the Kingdom is among the few countries with impressive vaccination records for its population, adding: “There are more appointments and centers available for everyone to be vaccinated.”
More than 70 percent of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose. The Kingdom has administered 24.6 million doses of the vaccine so far, 20 percent of which are second doses.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 12 new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,167.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,194 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 518,143 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 10,847 remain active and 1,408 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 293, followed by the Eastern Province with 226, Makkah with 183, Asir recorded 122, and Jazan confirmed 92 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 1,164 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 499,129.

The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior said 19,293 coronavirus violations were recorded between July 18 and 24, with the highest reported in Riyadh with 6,204, then the Eastern province with 2,571, and Madinah with 2,455.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened two mosques in two regions after temporarily evacuating and sterilizing them after two people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of mosques closed and reopened after being sterilized to 1,878 within 166 days.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 194 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.17 million.


Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia
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Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone launched toward southwest Saudi Arabia

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.