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RDF, RNP deploy helicopters to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

By IGIHE
On 4 March 2021 at 03:08

Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) and Rwanda National Police (RNP) have deployed helicopters to deliver COVID-19 vaccines countrywide, the Ministry of Health has revealed via Twitter handle.

“Helicopters from Rwanda Defense Force and Rwanda National Police are now delivering COVID-19 vaccines to remote parts of 14 different Districts. They will be picked up by District hospitals for distribution to area health centres. All vaccine shots will be administered within 48 hours starting Friday,” reads the tweet.

The distribution comes a day after receiving 342, 960 COVID-19 vaccines in two batches comprised of Pfizer and AstraZeneca doses.

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, l960 Pfizer vaccines in the evening.

Health practitioners, patients with incurable diseases like blood pressure, diabetes and asthma among other respiratory diseases will be among the first group to be vaccinated in the first phase along with elders above 65 years and people whose line of duty puts them in a susceptible position.

RDF has deployed helicopters to deliver vaccines upcountry. Photo Courtesy

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