Saudi hospitals urged to partake in COVID-19 studies

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Updated 01 July 2020

Saudi hospitals urged to partake in COVID-19 studies

RIYADH: The King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) has urged all Saudi hospitals to take part in clinical studies accredited by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority to find treatments for COVID-19.  
KAIMRC is conducting clinical studies to find treatments by using different anti-viral drugs. The first study is testing the drug favipiravir, developed in Japan and used in mild cases.
The second study is being conducted in cooperation with the Health Ministry to test a combination of two drugs, favipiravir and hydroxychloroquine (an anti-malarial drug), with specific doses, to be adopted in moderate to severe cases.
The third study, conducted under the ministry’s patronage, aims to test the possibility of extracting blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat critical cases where patients need ventilators or oxygen masks.
The fourth study is being conducted to compare treatment protocols used for several groups to identify the best one.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Askar, executive director of KAIMRC, said hospitals’ participation in these studies is necessary to trace the effects and results of the drugs on patients and compare them with people who have not received the experimental treatments.


Saudi minister meets Italian, Swiss envoys in Riyadh

Updated 02 July 2020

Saudi minister meets Italian, Swiss envoys in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met the newly appointed ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom, Roberto Cantone, in his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh on Thursday.

During the meeting, the two discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of common interest and the latest regional and international developments.

The meeting was attended by the deputy foreign minister for protocol affairs, Azzam bin Abdulkarim Al-Qain.

Also on Thursday, Al-Jubeir met the ambassador of Switzerland to the Kingdom, Andre Schaller. They also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to develop them in various fields, as well as reviewing recent developments in the region and the world.

The meeting was attended by the undersecretary for political and economic affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Adel bin Siraj Mardad.