The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines comprised of 240,000 AstraZeneca doses arrived in Rwanda yesterday morning followed by the second batch of 102, 1960 Pfizer vaccines in the evening.
Rwanda has become the first African country to receive Pfizer vaccines distributed through COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine producers to provide countries worldwide with equitable access to safe and effective vaccine.
The second batch of Pfizer vaccines was received by the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije along with other officials and diplomats including the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda, Amb. Nicola Bellomo.
Pfizer is among COVID-19 vaccines with 95% efficacy.
Pfizer vaccines can be stored in refrigerated conditions of -70 Celsius degree.
As he received Astrezeneca vaccines on Wednesday morning, the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije said that vaccination program has already started in Rwanda.
“We plan to vaccinate 7.8 million Rwandans. You know that many countries need vaccines but we are doing all the necessary to get them to vaccinate Rwandans as soon as we can and return to normalcy,” he said.
Dr. Ngamije has revealed that targeted people to be vaccinated effective from 5th March 2021 include health workers, frontline worker, elders above the age of 65 living with chronic diseases are.
He highlighted that 7.8 million Rwandans will have been vaccinated not later than June 2022.
Received vaccines will be distributed countrywide effective Thursday 4th February 2021 whereby targeted persons will be communicated to get vaccinated at health centers.
The country will receive batches of vaccines every month in proportion to the number of people to be vaccinated.
So far, a total of 249 million vaccines have been distributed globally.