Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal, Saudi Shoura Council member

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal
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Updated 26 November 2020

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal, Saudi Shoura Council member

Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Junaidal was appointed as a Shoura Council member on Oct. 19.

King Salman appointed 150 members to the council for a period of four years and named Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh as the consultative assembly’s head.

Al-Junaidal received a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1983.

In 1988, he obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Illinois.

He previously served as the Saudi Fund for Development’s director of the legal department and as an administrative manager before that.

Al-Junaidal is a member of joint committees of Arab, regional and international financial bodies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

For six years, he was a member of the board of directors for Saudi Real Estate.

Between 2012 and 2016, he acted as a member of the committee of those objecting to tax and zakat disputes. He is also a member of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization.

Al-Junaidal served as the Kingdom’s deputy governor on the board of the directors of the OPEC Fund for International Development.

He served as a member of the Kingdom’s delegation for the governors of Arab Financial Institutions and the Islamic Development Bank. 


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

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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.

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.