COVID-19: Saudi Arabia ranked 1st regionally, 17th globally in coronavirus research

Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia has ranked first place in the Arab world and the 17th globally in the efforts of universities to publish coronavirus research, as the Saudi research account for 1.8 per cent of global research production, local media reported.

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Saudi Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad bin Muhammad Al Sheikh, explained that Saudi universities have published 83.4 per cent of the Kingdom’s production of COVID-19 related research, with national efforts that began since the outbreak of the pandemic worldwide.

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Al Sheikh reviewed the efforts that have been made to achieve that goal through support for research related to the emerging coronavirus, uniting the efforts of scientists and researchers in Saudi universities and research centers, and the formation of scientific committees in the health and technical fields to evaluate research efforts.

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He stressed the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organise a number of specialised activities, with the participation of a large number of universities and Saudi research centers, researchers and academics, in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialised workshops to raise the efficiency and contribution of research to address COVID 19, and discussion of prevention and treatment methods.

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In addition to investing in the research capabilities of the professors of universities and research centers, by finding scientific solutions that contribute to treating this pandemic and reducing its effects.

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