Second Deadly Corona Virus Strain: As the world is bracing for impact against the second huge attack from the Covid-19 virus strain, Saudi Arabia has denied any new cases of the new mutated virus in the Kingdom.
According to the Ministry of Health, there has been no such evidence to prove that indeed there is the occurrence of a new mutated form of the Corona virus. Dr. Mohammed Al Abdul Ali, the ministry’s spokesperson has denied any such development to the media.
Dr. Ali has requested people to seek the source for accurate information and not be misguided by rumours. While the world is again closing down borders to contain the spread of the second wave of a more portent mutated form of the virus, Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Minister of Health, has confirmed that the mutated strain of coronavirus is not worse than Covid-19, and the current vaccine is effective against it.
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Adding on to an official statement, Mr. Rabiah has added that, “If a person is infected with the mutated coronavirus, then it is similar to the known coronavirus, and the mutated strain is not worse than COVID-19, and the vaccine is effective to deal with it. This is one of the promising things,” he said while noting that the matter, whether the new variant spreads faster or not, is under study and evaluation.”
In the end of November, Saudi Arabian government had already committed more than $500 million to fund efforts to develop and produce a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus disease. Official statements confirm that the vaccine centers will be soon opening in western region and the Eastern Province. This is a part of the ongoing Covid-19 inoculation campaign from the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, more than 440,000 people have already signed up on the Sehaty app to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Ninety percent of those registered through the app are between the ages of 20-60 years old, according to an official statement from the ministry.
Since the lockdowns, Saudi Arabia has reported a 97% recovery rate. It has maintained strict hygiene and monitoring protocols.