Rwanda to receive Covid-19 vaccine in two weeks

On 3 February 2021 at 10:27

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije has said that the first batch comprising of 102,000 Covid-19 vaccines is expected in Rwanda on 15th February 2021.

He revealed this yesterday as he featured in a talk show to shed light on new measures implemented to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

As Dr. Ngamije explained, Rwanda is among four African countries prepared enough to administer vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech in the first batch.

“We expect to receive vaccines on 15th February 2021. Rwanda is among four African countries meeting all requirements to receive the first batch of Pfizer vaccines. The four African countries include Rwanda, Tunisia, South Africa and Cap Vert,”he said.

Minister Ngamije revealed that Rwanda will receive more AstraZeneca vaccines in the same month.

“Before end of this month, we will receive approximately 996,000 AstraZeneca vaccines. We will immediately use them to vaccinate health workers, elders with chronic diseases among others involved in the enforcement of Covid-19 preventive measures like security personnel,” he noted.

Minister Ngamije highlighted that Rwanda will continue the vaccination program in the second quarter of 2021 because the country targets to have vaccinated 60% of the entire population by the end of this year.

“More vaccines will arrive in the second quarter of this year. The country plans to acquire enough vaccines to cover 60% of Rwandans. The Government is expending much effort to buy and use these vaccines,” he explained.

Rwanda has recently acquired five new ultra-cold freezers worth Rwf50 million with the capacity to administer all types of vaccines.

These freezers are an addition to existing ones and have the capacity to freeze vaccines at minus 40 and 86 degree Celsius. New refrigerators have capacity to store 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine
AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by Oxford University in the United Kingdom do not require special storage conditions.

The latter can be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures, not needing the supercool storage the Pfizer vaccine requires.