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Kuwait Puts Citizens Before Expats as Vaccine Push Stirs Anger

People wait for their turn to be vaccinated in Kuwait City on Dec. 29, 2020. 

People wait for their turn to be vaccinated in Kuwait City on Dec. 29, 2020. 

Photographer: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

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Kuwait’s vaccinating its citizens against Covid-19 at six times the rate of expatriates who make up two-thirds of the population, spurring claims of racism and concerns the discrepancy will delay a return to normal life.

Around 119,000 Kuwaitis and 18,000 expats have been vaccinated, according to the latest data, despite more than half of those registered for a jab being foreign.