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No new coronavirus strains found in Kuwait — Health Min.

Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah said that no new coronavirus species were found in Kuwait until now.

His remarks came in a statement to reporters, after launching the coronavirus vaccination campaign at Kuwait International Fair on Thursday. The campaign was launched with the presence of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh.

He added that the Ministry of Health is waiting for more information from international organizations on the new species of coronavirus appearing in the UK, Australia, Denmark and South Africa, reported by the media.

Meanwhile, he hailed the efforts of all workers in the vaccination campaign, noting that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled are following in the footsteps of His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in wisely dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

Kuwait signed contracts with several companies for the vaccine, said the minister, adding that they will keep an eye on any new vaccines that will be produced in the coming months.

He called on both citizens and expats to take the vaccine in order to achieve major immunity against the virus. Sheikh Basel also noted that the priority is for old people aged 65 years and above, as well as for frontline workers.

On his part, Chairman of the Board of Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said that the society’s volunteers are also working side by side with the campaign’s staff. He added that KRCS is also providing masks, gloves, and wheelchairs for people coming for the vaccination.

Meanwhile, health ministry official spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad said the ministry understands some people’s fear or doubt towards the vaccination, adding that the ministry is ready to answer their questions regarding the vaccination’s safety.

Kuwait only approved using the Pfizer vaccine currently, which was certified by many international organizations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency