Those who received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNtech must wait six weeks for their second, and recipients of Oxford-AstraZeneca must wait 3-4 months.

The government of Kuwait is banning unvaccinated residents from traveling abroad from the end of the month, the latest attempt to tame the spiraling coronavirus outbreak in the Arabian Gulf Sheikh.

The Cabinet decision, which is due to take effect on May 22, sparked instant anger and confusion, just after health officials announced that global vaccine shortages would force them to delay the distribution of second doses of vaccine.

Those who received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNtech must wait six weeks for their second, and recipients of Oxford-AstraZeneca must wait 3-4 months.

The government said those who could not get vaccinated for whatever reason would be exempt from the new travel ban. Already, authorities have banned expatriates from entering the Gulf state, blocking many foreign workers and their families abroad.

Kuwait is grappling with an upsurge in virus cases despite its vaccination campaign and severe restrictions, including an extended nighttime curfew. The country has recorded more than 277,800 infections and 1,590 deaths.

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