Where We Are going Today: Saudi Arabia’s Greens.sa offers healthy option on the go

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Updated 20 December 2019

Where We Are going Today: Saudi Arabia’s Greens.sa offers healthy option on the go

  • With outlets in Riyadh and Alkhobar offers a wide-ranging menu

RIYADH: For busy people on the go it can sometimes be difficult grabbing a healthy meal option.

However, Greens.sa in Riyadh and Alkhobar offers a wide-ranging menu of tasty and nutritious foods aimed at satisfying the most health-conscious of palates. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for too.

The restaurant focuses on providing everyday feel-good, light meals with breakfast choices including organic chocolate granola, and pancakes with maple syrup.

Salads, such as sweet butternut and vegan Thai, come in a jar while more hearty sandwiches include smoked turkey with dried cranberries and Greens’ chicken shawarma.

Among healthy snacks and desserts, are the peanut butter bomb, peanut protein scream, raw vegan brownies, and an assortment of fresh fruit juices and smoothies are available along with Greens’ signature pink latte.

Food can be picked up in person or ordered online.


Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

RIYADH: Preclinical studies on the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 have been completed.

Professor of epidemiology Dr. Iman Almansour, who heads the team of researchers working on the vaccine at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), confirmed to Arab News on Friday that the studies were complete, and said clinical trials would begin as soon as “the proper approvals” had been given.

She did not specify when that is expected to happen.

The Ministry of Education is financing the team’s project. The team’s research paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmaceuticals.

The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen.

Dr. Iman Almansour, professor of epidemiology

According to the published paper, the vaccine has so far proven effective, when used on animals, in eliciting antibodies that will target the virus. “The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen,” Dr. Almansour explained.

Dr. Turki Almugaiteeb, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RPD Innovations, which runs the National Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center, told Arab News: “There is a great focus on the results of medical research because of the pandemic. Research can play a great role in developing a vaccine that can be adopted and further developed in the future. We can say that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, which can help produce and manufacture a national vaccine.”

Both Almugaiteeb and Almansour stressed that the experimental vaccine will need to go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Prof. Nasser Al-Aqeeli, the deputy minister of education for research and innovation, said the ministry supported programs at the Kingdom’s universities with more than SR500 million ($133.3 million) in 2020.