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MOH: “Any COVID-19 Vaccine Must Be Safe, Effective and Approved by Competent Authorities”
23 November 2020

​​​The Assistant Minister of Health and MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali confirmed that any COVID vaccine must be safe, effective, and approved by the competent authorities. He congratulated the wise government and Saudi people on the success of the G20 Summit hosted by the Kingdom and presided over by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during the past two days. He said the Kingdom’s success and pioneering role in this group and the world at large comes at a critical stage while facing major challenges and extraordinary circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The G20, since the beginning of the pandemic up to now, has taken several resolutions to contain its spread.

Al-Abdulaali stated that 231 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom; thus bringing the total number to 355,489 confirmed cases, including 5,877 active cases, receiving the necessary medical care. Of these, there are 765 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable. In addition, 445 new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total recoveries to 343,816 cases, all praise is due to Allah. Also, 16 new deaths have been reported; bringing the total deaths to 5,796, May Allah bestow His mercy upon them. Moreover, 40,395 new Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the Kingdom's laboratories, bringing the total number to 9,295,599. The critical cases have been reduced by 6.3% during this week.

He emphasized that the numbers of new cases are still rising globally with more than 58 million confirmed cases, as well as 37 million recoveries and 390,000 deaths. Despite the spread of the second wave in some countries, the situation in the Kingdom is stable and reassuring.

He highlighted the efforts exerted by the experts to contain the pandemic; thus making the situation in the Kingdom better. He pointed out that the surge in the number of cases across the world, particularly among youth, is attributed to their failure to comply with the precautionary measures.

The health services are still provided through all MOH’s facilities, with 5,091,090 Molecular Diagnostic Tests «Swab Tests» at Make Sure «Taakkad» Centers, 1,583,831 patients were served at Rest Assured «Tetamman» Clinics, in addition to offering medical consultations via 937-Service Center to 21,844,066 beneficiaries, he added.

Last Update : 14 December 2020 10:34 AM
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