Rumor has it ... COVID-19 myths debunked

Rumor has it ... COVID-19 myths debunked
Those infected with COVID-19 who had only received one dose were advised to receive their second jab after symptoms disappear. (SPA)
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Updated 10 October 2021

Rumor has it ... COVID-19 myths debunked

Rumor has it ... COVID-19 myths debunked
  • The latest myth claims that cupping therapy, a healing technique widely practiced in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: As the world reels from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some people in Saudi Arabia still believe in conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines and have opted against receiving one.

For more than a year now, conspiracy theories have circulated, contributing to vaccine hesitancy, despite the best efforts by authorities to debunk them. Citing supposed efficiency and safety records, and scientific data and research, some still refuse to receive vaccines despite health warnings and restrictions on entering establishments in the Kingdom.

The latest myth claims that cupping therapy, a healing technique widely practiced in the Kingdom, “sucks the vaccine” out of your body.

Though an absurd claim, social media platforms have circulated the news as a false rumor.

Many users on Snapchat and other platforms showed several videos of men claiming that they were infected with COVID-19 after getting cupping therapy.

Arab News spoke to experts who said that it is almost impossible to remove a vaccine after it has entered the body, because the dose is injected deep into muscle tissue.

Another common rumor is that you must adhere to a three-month waiting period in between receiving doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

But this claim was debunked when Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said in a press conference several months ago that the MOH recommends receiving both doses within three weeks, in line with guidelines from other health bodies.

Those infected with COVID-19 who had only received one dose were advised to receive their second jab after symptoms disappear.

Along with many health experts in the Kingdom, the spokesman has reiterated the importance of completing second doses to ensure the safety of the community.

Lastly, the infamous “COVID-19 vaccines will alter your DNA myth” is potentially the most damaging.

It began through a social media frenzy when the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were announced to be released and more information about the makeup of both vaccines was circulated.

They use mRNA technology to protect from infection, giving cells signals to build proteins and defend against COVID-19 and its variants. Experts have denied any connection between the two vaccines and DNA. No data from any clinical trial from any study has proven the myth.


Saudi, US navies begin mixed maritime exercise to protect Red Sea

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy launch the Indigo Defender — 21 bilateral naval exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy launch the Indigo Defender — 21 bilateral naval exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)
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Saudi, US navies begin mixed maritime exercise to protect Red Sea

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy launch the Indigo Defender — 21 bilateral naval exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and the US Navy on Sunday launched a mixed joint naval exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet, the ministry of defense announced.
The “Indigo Defender — 21” exercise was launched in the presence of Rear Admiral Mansour bin Saud Al-Juaid, the Assistant commander of the Western Fleet and commander of the exercise, Rear Admiral Mansour bin Saud Al-Juaid, and Col. Daniel Bailey of the US Navy.
The exercise’s commander said the 10-day maneuvers aim to strengthen relations and military cooperation, raise the level of combat readiness and preparedness between the RSNF and the US Navy.
It also aims to exchange expertise in the field of port protection, clearing land and underwater mines, and contribute to developing security capabilities by protecting and securing the regional and international waterways to ensure freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.


Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travel to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travel to Lebanon
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Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travel to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia warns citizens against travel to Lebanon

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia warned its citizens not to travel to Lebanon “especially in light of the current circumstances in the country,” the foreign ministry said on Sunday.
“In view of the current security events in Lebanon, and based on a decision by the Ministry of Interior to prevent direct and indirect travel of citizens to a number of countries without obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities, including Lebanon,” it said.
The ministry called on citizens to follow instructions issued by relevant authorities, and on those in Lebanon to take precaution and stay away from gatherings, due to their potential threat to citizens’ security and safety.
On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut as crowds headed for a protest called by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group and its Shiite ally Amal.
(With Reuters)


Saudi and Chinese foreign ministers discuss bilateral cooperation

Saudi and Chinese foreign ministers discuss bilateral cooperation
Updated 17 October 2021

Saudi and Chinese foreign ministers discuss bilateral cooperation

Saudi and Chinese foreign ministers discuss bilateral cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Sunday made a phone call to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
During the call, aspects of Saudi-Chinese relations and areas of cooperation between the two countries were reviewed, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.
The two sides also discussed regional and international developments and efforts made to enhance security and stability, in addition to discussing the most prominent issues of common interest.


Saudi crown prince launches strategic offices to develop Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan

Saudi crown prince launches strategic offices to develop Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan
Updated 17 October 2021

Saudi crown prince launches strategic offices to develop Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan

Saudi crown prince launches strategic offices to develop Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan
  • The offices will aim to capitalize on the advantages that each of the three regions have to offer
  • They are part of the crown prince’s vision to bring about comprehensive and sustainable development in all regions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's crown prince announced on Sunday the launch of strategic offices to develop the areas of Al-Baha, Al-Jouf, and Jazan.
The offices will form the basis for the establishment of development authorities in the regions. They will aim to capitalize on the advantages that each of the three areas have to offer, Saudi Press Agency reported.
They will also ensure the development of a strong investment environment attracting private sector engagement.
The announcement of the strategic offices comes as part of the government’s strategy to extend development to all regions and cities of the Kingdom.
Prince Mohammed said that other strategic offices would be established in areas where there are not yet any development agencies.
These strategic offices will focus on investing in the distinct features and advantages of each region to transform them into sustainable and permanent economic drivers.
The offices will include the private sector in the development plans.
They are part of the crown prince’s vision to bring about comprehensive and sustainable development in all regions of the Kingdom, expanding job opportunities, and improving living standards by upgrading basic services and infrastructure. 
Al-Baha is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Kingdom. The region includes a large number of forests and is home to many ancient villages and forts.
Al-Jouf is known as the “food basket of the Kingdom” as it contains fertile land with abundant water resources. It is responsible for about 67 percent of the Kingdom’s olive oil production.
Jazan is home to the Farasan Islands and Jazan Port which is considered to be the third largest port on the Red Sea Coast.


OIC human rights commission says international community must mobilize efforts to end poverty 

OIC human rights commission says international community must mobilize efforts to end poverty 
Updated 17 October 2021

OIC human rights commission says international community must mobilize efforts to end poverty 

OIC human rights commission says international community must mobilize efforts to end poverty 
  • The IPHRC emphasized the importance of addressing the issue of extreme poverty as a top priority
  • The principle of “leaving no one behind” must guide efforts to eradicate poverty, the commission said

LONDON: The world should recognize abject poverty as a human rights violation, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission said on Sunday.

In a statement released to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021, the IPHRC said the world has a “shared responsibility to mobilize all possible efforts to end poverty.” 

It said the fact that 689 million people still live in extreme poverty with less than $1.90 a day to live on is a “moral outrage.”

The commission added that the effects of the Coronavirus disease pandemic reversed many years of progress in the fight against poverty, and that between 88 and 115 million people are being pushed into poverty.

The majority of the new extreme poor live in south Asian and sub-saharan countries where poverty rates were already high, the commission added.

The IPHRC emphasized the importance of addressing the issue of extreme poverty as a top priority for the international community.

Despite the global focus on fostering development and eradicating poverty, the pandemic has clearly proven that the world needs structural changes to efficiently eradicate poverty beyond the ambitious political narratives that fail to inspire real action, it said. 

The human rights commission called upon the international community to translate the global focus on human rights protection and sustainable development goals into concrete, measurable actions on the ground to effectively address the core issue of poverty. 

The principle of “leaving no one behind” must guide efforts to eradicate poverty at the national and global levels, the commission added.

It urged all governments to strengthen their legal framework of human rights that places human dignity at the heart of policy and action against existing structural disadvantages and inequalities. 

People living in poverty must be meaningfully engaged in decision-making processes that directly affect their lives, it added.

The commission urged OIC member states to redouble their efforts to devise human rights-based and people-centered socio-development policies.

It highlighted that eradicating poverty is a moral and spiritual imperative of Islam and a strategically beneficial goal for the political, economic, and social progress of all member states.

IPHRC also emphasized the international community’s collective responsibility to create a conducive socio-economic environment for the enjoyment of human rights by everybody around the world.