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.
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According to sources, a person with a valid Dubai visa can book an appointment with DHA’s accredited facilities using the toll free number 800342. Authorities said that the Medical Record Number (MRN) is must for booking an appointment.
UAE Fatwa Council, under the chairmanship of Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, has issued a 'fatwa' (Islamic ruling) allowing the coronavirus vaccines to be used in compliance with Islamic Sharia’s objectives on the protection of the human body and other relevant Islamic rulings.
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