DUBAI: Kuwait’s COVID-19 vaccination drive will be almost complete by September, with the 850,000 citizens completed in the next three months if vaccines are available.
Kuwait health minister Bassel Al-Sabah made the statement based on the country’s plan to vaccinate 300,000 people each month, state news agency KUNA reported.
Kuwait is expanding its vaccination capacity with the opening of two new COVID-19 centers in Al-Naseem and Al-Masayel.
The addition of these facilities increases the Gulf nation’s vaccination capacity to 20,000 a day, but then again if the vaccines are available, Al-Sabah said, considering the global supply situation.
Kuwait is deploying two vaccines: the first one, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, will be supplied weekly starting next while the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, which will be supplied in larger quantities, will be delivered on a staggered basis.
Kuwait reported on Sunday 962 new coronavirus cases overnight, increasing the country’s caseload to 170,998. The death toll rose to 966 after two COVID-19 fatalities were also recorded.