300,000 so far vaccinated as Rwanda awaits next batch

By IGIHE
On 17 March 2021 at 02:45

Rwanda has recently received 392,000 COVID-19 vaccines in two batches including doses received through Covax initiative and donations from India. To date, figures show that approximately 300,000 people have been vaccinated, a very small number comparatively to the country’s population.

The airplane loaded with AstraZeneca/Oxford SII vaccines distributed through Covax arrived in Kigali on 3rd March 2021.

Later in the evening, the aircraft of KLM airline landed in Rwanda carrying Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Few days later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta received the donation of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines from India.

At the time, it was announced that Rwanda would receive vaccines every week but no delivery has arrived again.

Speaking to CNBC recently, the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana has said that Rwanda targets to vaccinate 70% of the population by next year most importantly covering 20% of people who need to get the vaccine as soon as possible which is close to 3 million doses required prioritizing high risk groups.

On the arrival of next vaccines, he explained that they are pushing and monitoring to get next batches of vaccines in due course.

“We have different people who are helping us to get the doses quickly before the time for second dose for those who received the first but also for others who have not yet received any dose,” he said.

“We hope it is not taking long. It could be this month. We have some expected dates from our partners and we are working with many through the Covax system. We have some expected dates but previously, we have been saying it is coming this date, and then we had delays. That is why, I am saying we are not sure when but what we are sure of is that the vaccines are coming soon,” added Dr. Nsanzimana.

Rwanda has recently received 392,000 COVID-19 vaccines in two batches including doses received through Covax initiative and donations from India.

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