Kuwait bans entry of non-citizens for two weeks as it races to vaccinate population

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IslamNews – Kuwait’s two-week entry ban for non-citizens took effect from Sunday after an increase in coronavirus cases. Medical personnel in the government and private sectors and members of the diplomatic corps have been exempt from the ban.

Foreigners who are first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis, such as parents and children as well as their accompanying domestic workers, are also exempted.

Health Minister Sheikh Bassel Al Sabah said the 850,000 Kuwait citizens who had applied to be vaccinated could be inoculated over the next three months if sufficient doses were available, given the current capacity of 300,000 vaccinations a month.

The vaccination rate would rise to 20,000 a day as more centres are opened, Sheikh Bassel told the state news agency Kuna.

Kuwait has authorised the emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the virus after a comprehensive evaluation of its safety, efficacy and quality, assistant undersecretary for drug and food control Abdullah Al Bader said.

Source: N Gluf

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