Dr. Hisham Bin Saad Aljadhey, chief executive officer of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), has highlighted that the Ministry of Health is monitoring the health of the community to evaluate if the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines is necessary.

During an interview with the Saudi Channel, Aljadhey discussed the most recent advancements in coronavirus vaccinations and the authority’s most important efforts to protect the safety of food and medications.

According to Aljadhey, the vaccines used in the Kingdom possess a high level of safety and efficiency, as well as few negative effects. He stated that the vaccine formulations used at the outbreak’s onset had not changed.

There is no new evidence proving the need to immunize children under the age of five against COVID-19, according to Aljadhey, and vaccinations for this age group are provided as needed by the health sector.

Aljadhey upheld the legitimacy of the caloric and nutrition information given on food products, emphasizing that there are specific requirements for displaying this information in legible font size on food products.

He said that the authority is creating applications that will enable consumers to identify food products by scanning the barcodes affixed to the products, but emphasized that calculating calories is an estimate that can be altered. In addition, he argued that neither product pricing nor any other factor will affect food safety.

The Kingdom has developed a strategic plan for healthy food, one component of which is the existence of the National Nutrition Committee (NNC), which has created excellent guides for understanding the nutritional aspects of Saudi Arabians and made specific recommendations in this regard both before and after the pandemic.

The manner in which food is delivered has a considerable impact on temperature, humidity, and distribution methods, according to Aljadhey. As a response, the government has enacted laws for transit techniques, such as Hajj times, which are particularly crucial in warm weather.

In Saudi Arabia, the program began with the transfer of medications and medical gadgets and will now begin with the shipment of food in vast warehouses that are susceptible to heat, he said. According to Aljadhey, the SFDA is also working on technologically integrating the shipping food control systems so that violations may be remotely monitored and information can be accessed.

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