Kagame receives Charles Michel, Mushikiwabo

On 8 March 2021 at 10:29

President Paul Kagame yesterday met with Charles Michel, the President of the European Council ; Louise Mushikiwabo, the Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and European Union parliamentarian, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou.

The Office of the Presidency has revealed that these leaders came to Rwanda to support ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

“The President of the European Council, Charles Michel; OIF Secretary General, Louise Mushikiwabo and European Union parliamentarian, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou are in Rwanda to support the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign with vaccines obtained through COVAX and to advocate for international collaboration for equitable access to vaccines,” reads the tweet.

Following the visit, President Kagame said that he had fruitful discussions with Charles Michel.

“We had a productive meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. We appreciate his commitment to strengthening Africa-Europe ties, including with the private sector. We look forward to collaborating on equitable access to vaccines & improved management of current & future pandemics,” he said via Twitter handle.

The delegation met with Kagame few hours after visiting Mayange Health Center in Bugesera district where they witnessed the inoculation of the inoculation of first anti-COVID-19 vaccines brought by COVAX.

COVAX, is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

They were accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta.

The exercise saw health workers, teachers and people in advanced ages vaccinated.

As he visited the health center, Charles Michel thanked Rwanda’s efforts to quickly deliver vaccines to people and commended efficient vaccines administration facilitated by embraced technology.

He said that these efforts highlight Rwanda’s efficient responsiveness in the fight against Coronavirus and assured that the European Union continues to advocate for increased vaccines production for equitable distribution.

The vaccines administered in Rwanda include 240,000 AstraZeneca and 102 960 Pfizer-BioNTech doses distributed through COVAX as well as 50,000 AstraZeneca doses donated by India last week.

As the first shipment of vaccines arrived in Rwanda last week, President Kagame used his Twitter handle to commend the milestone enabling African countries including Rwanda to roll out vaccinations widely.

“It’s been long wait, some better prepared and more ready.. not to mention some ’more equal than others’ But certainly all of us in urgent need. Now good news to see COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Africa starting with Ghana...this morning in Rwanda and more. Thanks COVAX,” he said.

The European Union is one of the main contributors to COVAX, the international solidarity initiative with recent contribution totaling Euros 500 million.

As of today, Rwanda has vaccinated approximately 200,000 people within three days.