Kuwait starts COVID-19 jabs as Gulf states roll out mass vaccination drive - GulfToday

Kuwait starts COVID-19 jabs as Gulf states roll out mass vaccination drive


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.

VaccineKuwaitiwomanA 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.

VaccineDubai2A 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.

VaccinecutegirlA 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.

VaccineKuwaitiBrigadier 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.

Agence France-Presse

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