Saudi signs $265m deal with China to fight virus

The deal will provide the Saudis nine million kits

Saudi Arabia will pay China SAR995m ($264.6m) to provide coronavirus tests and medical expertise, Abdullah Al-Rabiah, chairman of the Negotiation and Purchase Committee said Sunday, citing a royal decree.

The deal will provide the Saudis nine million kits with a capacity to test 50,000 people per day. China will also help the kingdom with 500 medical experts, running six laboratories, including a portable lab.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walks with officials during his visit to Great Wall of China in Beijing, China February 21, 2019. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout

The committee has also purchased tests from other companies in the US, Switzerland and South Korea, bringing the number of targeted tests to 14.5 million — roughly 40 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s population.

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