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Saudi Arabia pledged US$713m in 2020 to help countries combat the coronavirus

Dr Abdullah Al-Rabiah, Adviser to the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action, revealed that Saudi Arabia donated US$713m in 2020 to countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Al-Rabiah emphasised the relevance of the G20 ministerial meeting on humanitarian concerns, which took place recently in Brindisi, Italy, and the advice for combating and limiting the pandemic’s effects.

“The gathering focused on the world’s most pressing problems as a result of the epidemic and what has to be done to avoid these challenges,” he added in a press statement.

Saudi Arabia emphasised the necessity of forming partnerships with multinational firms to convey vaccination technology to developing countries. It also suggested the Kingdom be a regional headquarters for technology transfer and health industries and a logistical office to transfer humanitarian needs to impoverished countries in Africa and Asia.

According to the General Supervisor of the King Salman Relief Centre, the summit confirmed the Kingdom’s leadership role in humanitarian operations.

The Kingdom’s efforts to support countries in facing the pandemic are evident. He explained that the Kingdom provided US$713 million during 2020, in addition to delivering vaccines to countries in need. 

The Kingdom’s efforts to assist refugees, particularly during the pandemic, were also assessed, according to Dr Al-Rabiah.

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