NEWS ALERT | G20 Pledges More Than $21 Billion To Fight Coronavirus

NEW YORK | The Group of 20 rich and emerging economies had pledged more than $21 billion to fight the coronavirus, the group said early on Saturday.

‘The G20, with invited countries, has coordinated the global efforts to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, G20 members and invited countries have pledged over US$21 billion to support funding in global health’, the group said in a statement.

The pledge will be directed towards diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, and research and development, the statement added.

In April the group called on all countries, non-governmental organizations, philanthropies and the private sector to help close a financing gap estimated at over $8 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Arabia, the current G20 chair has pledged $500 billion to support global efforts to combat the pandemic. It said then it would allocate $150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, $150 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations, and $200 million to other health organisations and programmes.

At least 391,108 people have died globally from COVID-19 and more than 6.68 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus that causes it, following an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in early December.


BREAKING NEWS | Twitter Accounts Of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple And Others Apparently Hacked

Twitter account belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Apple, among other prominent handles, were compromised on Wednesday and posted tweets that appeared to promote a cryptocurrency scam. The accounts, along with those of former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezzos and Mike Bloomberg, posted similar tweets soliciting donations via … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Twitter Accounts Of Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple And Others Apparently Hacked

NEWS ALERT | Seven Ships Catch Fire At Iranian Port – Tasnim Agency

DUBAI – At least seven ships have caught fire at the Iranian  port of Bushehr, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the latest in a series of unexplained incidents around nuclear and industrial installations since late June. No casualties have been reported, the agency said. There have been several … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Seven Ships Catch Fire At Iranian Port – Tasnim Agency

HEALTH | Russian Scientists Hail Results Of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response. Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University … Continue reading HEALTH | Russian Scientists Hail Results Of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

CULTURE | Google’s New Tool Lets You Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – If you’ve ever wondered what messages the Ancient Egyptians were trying to convey with their hieroglyphics, Google’s new tool might just be able to help. In celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, Google Arts and Culture has released a new AI-powered symbols and characters into … Continue reading CULTURE | Google’s New Tool Lets You Translate Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics

SPORTS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Permanently Cancels License Of Qatar’s beIN Sports

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition (GAG) said on Tuesday it had permanently canceled the license of Qatari broadcaster beIN, which has been barred from broadcasting in the Kingdom since mid-2017 due to a dispute with Qatar. GAC said in a statement it was also fining beIN Sports 10 million … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Saudi Arabia Permanently Cancels License Of Qatar’s beIN Sports

TRAVEL NEWS | Oman To Start Allowing Citizens To Travel Abroad – State TV

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Omani will start allowing its citizens to fly outside the country, but they must apply with authorities to do so quarantine upon their return, state television reported on Tuesday. Oman TV also said on its Twitter account that the Gulf Arab state had decided to maintain a lockdown on two … Continue reading TRAVEL NEWS | Oman To Start Allowing Citizens To Travel Abroad – State TV

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Aramco Says Reorganizing Downstream Business To Support Growth

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – State energy giant Saudi Aramco said on Tuesday that it will be reorganizing its downstream business to support its global growth strategy, aiming to complete it by the end of this year. The downstream model will be divided into four units: fuels including refining, trading, retail and lubes; chemicals; power; … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Aramco Says Reorganizing Downstream Business To Support Growth

NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates France President On His Country’s National Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sent a cable of congratulations to President Emanuel Macron of France on the occasion of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his best wishes of … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates France President On His Country’s National Day

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