Kuwait Authorises Emergency Use Of Oxford-AstraZeneca VaccineFebruary 1, 2021
Kuwait authorises emergency use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has authorised the emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, state news agency KUNA reported.
In a press statement on Friday, Abdullah Al Bader, the Assistant Undersecretary for Drug and Food control, said that the approval only came after a detailed review and comprehensive evaluation of the vaccine was conducted.
The vaccine has received approval from the European Medicines Agency, the United Kingdom Medicines and Health products regulatory agency, the Gulf Cooperation health council and Serum Institute of India, Al Bader added.
The ministry revealed that the first batch of the Oxford vaccine is expected to arrive in Kuwait within a few days. A few days ago, local media reported that the first batch will contain 200,000 doses.
Kuwait had already placed an order for the Oxford vaccine but was awaiting approval before it was made available for use.
The Oxford vaccine will help accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Once the Oxford vaccine arrives d it will be easier to store, compared to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which is required to be stored in less than 70 degrees’ Celsius temperature.
Given that the Oxford vaccine can be stored in regular refrigerators, the vaccine will be made available across medical clinics in Kuwait, compared to the Pfizer vaccine which is only being administered at the Mishref Fairground as it is where the freezers that contain the vaccine are being housed