Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda among the many nations to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine by the top of February
A woman is holding a small bottle labeled “Vaccine COVID-19” and a medical syringe in this illustration from April 10, 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda are scheduled to receive COVID-19 vaccines before the end of February.
In a report released Wednesday by COVAX and the World Health Organization, Ethiopia will receive nearly nine million doses, the largest number of doses under the WHO emergency listing procedure
Kenya receives 4,176,000 cans. Uganda receives 3,552,000 cans while Rwanda receives 996,000 cans.
Somalia will receive 1,224,000 while Sudan is expected to receive 3,396,000 doses, compared with 864,000 to be distributed to South Sudan.
COVAX currently anticipates that 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be available to the COVAX facility in the first quarter of 2021, subject to additional agreements.
It is also complemented by the larger quantities of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine available to the facility over the same period.
Additional dose quantities of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be available for up to 40 million doses in the second quarter and beyond, under the pre-purchase agreement signed between Gavi and Pfizer BioNTech.
Currently, Tanzania is the only nation in the region that has not ordered any vaccines and does not receive any in this initial distribution.
President John Magufuli, who has long claimed that God eliminated COVID-19 in Tanzania, claimed last week that vaccines are “inappropriate” for doing so.
On Monday, Tanzanian Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima stated that the ministry had no plans to obtain vaccines against COVID-19 and that vaccines must get ministry approval.
The Minister of Health insisted that Tanzania was safe.
The story was compiled with the help of wire reports.