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Bid to confront new COVID-19 variants
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: According to informed sources, the Ministry of Health is considering providing a booster dose via the bivalent vaccine within the next few weeks to prevent the original COVID-19 virus and its variants, reports Al-Rai daily. They said, “A shipment of the Moderna’s bivalent (double) vaccine will arrive in Kuwait soon, in preparation for the start of providing booster doses to those who wish, with the aim of confronting the new mutations and building continuous immunity among the members of society.” The Ministry of Health announced Wednesday the detection of the XBB.1.5 variant in Kuwait that belongs to a subset of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 virus.
The sources said, “The ministry is in the process of preparing the regulatory mechanism for the centers that will provide the vaccination service, provided that the priority at the start of the vaccination campaign is for groups at risk such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases, health care workers, patients with weak immune systems, and others in the similar category.”
In the same context, the Saudi Ministry of Health has made it possible for people, who took the previous dose more than three months ago, to take the updated dose of the vaccine in order to enhance the level of immunization with the mutants present in some countries of the world, and to grant better protection against severe diseases resulting from them. The sources reaffirmed the stability of the indicators of the epidemiological situation of Kuwait and the lack of anxiety, stressing at the same time the importance of adhering to the prevention guidelines