Sheikh Sabah Al Khaed Al Sabah receives a Pfizer-BioTech vaccine injection in Kuwait City. AFP
Kuwait began coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday, following several other Gulf states in rolling out a mass inoculation campaign.
"This vaccine is safe and has been approved by many countries," said Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, who was the first to receive the jab, state media reported.
A woman receives a Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine injection in Kuwait. AFP
Kuwait, which has officially confirmed more than 148,000 coronavirus cases including 924 deaths, received the first 150,000 doses of the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Wednesday.
A woman receives a dose of vaccine in Dubai. AFP
In the UAE, Abu Dhabi began vaccinations on Dec.14 after approving the Sinopharm vaccine, while Dubai began its campaign using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.
In Bahrain, which has recorded more than 90,000 cases including 350 deaths, vaccinations continued on Thursday. It has approved both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and another developed by Chinese firm Sinopharm.
A young woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Manama. AFP
Officials in the capital Manama said that nearly 40,000 people have already received the vaccine.
Saudi Arabia, the worst-affected country, with more than 360,000 recorded cases including 6,148 deaths, began its campaign with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec.17.
Brigadier Salman Al Zayed receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Manama. AFP
Meanwhile, Oman, with more than 128,000 recorded cases, 1,491 of them fatal, is to launch its vaccination campaign on Sunday.
Member states are struggling to contain a third wave of the epidemic and kick-start vaccine programmes slowed by a shortfall in deliveries, and Britain has warned the bloc against resorting "vaccine nationalism."
The announcement comes as the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility in line with the UAE's proactive policy to ensure the health and safety of all community members.
Crossing the four million does mark comes as result of the efforts made at the country level to contain the pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Friday.
Frontline medical staff in Mexico and Chile were among the first to receive their vaccines while Costa Rica began its own immunisation programme, with President Carlos Alvarado hailing what “may be the beginning of the end of this pandemic.”
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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa wrote on Twitter, “Let us celebrate 50 glorious years of growth, progress and prosperity of our nation as we look forward to the next 50 years!” The Dubai International Airport also marked the national day celebrations at its premises.
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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers witnessed the official Golden Jubilee celebrations in Hatta on Thursday.