The vaccines have been delivered through COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine producers to provide countries worldwide with equitable access to safe and effective vaccine.
The shipment followed more 857,000 AstraZeneca doses that Rwanda received from Italy in the morning on 4th October 2021.
Since March 2021, Rwanda has been receiving vaccine doses through COVAX initiative, donations from partner countries or direct purchases.
The Ministry of Health recently announced that 21% of the target population of 7.8 million people (representing 60% of the Rwandan population) is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of today; a total of 1,684,266 people have been fully vaccinated while 2,134,072 received the first dose of COVID-19 since Rwanda began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021.
The country targets to have vaccinated 30 percent of the population by December 2021 and 60% by June 2022.
The number of new COVID-19 cases has been decreasing gradually which is considered a great milestone towards defeating the pandemic. However, citizens are reminded of the critical importance of adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing to consolidate gains.