Burkina Faso has acquired the primary batch of 115,200 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, funded by the worldwide Covax scheme to allow the poor West African state to launch a vaccination drive on Wednesday.
“We welcome the first doses of vaccine against Covid-19 in Burkina Faso,” Burkinabe Health Minister Charlemagne Ouedraogo mentioned because the consignment arrived at Ouagadougou airport late Sunday.
“Thanks to scientific progress, we now have another arsenal for the fight” in opposition to Covid, Ouedraogo added.
The nationwide drive set to start Wednesday will goal folks most in danger, Ouedraogo informed AFP.
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The well being ministry mentioned along with the susceptible, the primary part would goal well being employees and “candidates for the pilgrimage to Mecca”.
Co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Covax programme goals to make sure equitable entry to Covid-19 vaccines.
It brings UN businesses together with the World Health Organization and the UN kids’s company UNICEF along with sovereign donors and the personal sector to supply low-income international locations with vital provides no matter their capability to pay.
Burkina Faso initially intends to vaccinate three % of a inhabitants estimated at greater than 20 million.
Eventually a complete of practically 10 million Burkinabes are anticipated to get jabs.
Burkina Faso, which has reported 13,430 coronavirus instances and 166 deaths, is one in all few nations in West Africa that has but to launch a vaccination drive.
Also Monday, a well being official in Niger informed AFP it has “loaned” 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Ivory Coast, whose vaccination drive is stepping up and should in any other case have confronted shortfalls.
The doses have been handed over in a ceremony on Sunday within the capital Niamey attended by Ivory Coast’s consul in Niger in addition to Ivorian well being officers.
Ivory Coast pays again the mortgage as soon as it receives an anticipated cargo, the top of the Ivorian delegation mentioned over radio.
Niger has to date acquired 780,000 doses of vaccines together with 400,000 Sinopharm doses donated by China, 355,000 AstraZeneca by means of the Covax programme, and an Indian donation of 25,000 doses, additionally of AstraZeneca.
Niger has been comparatively unscathed by Covid with 5,410 instances together with 192 deaths, whereas Ivory Coast, with a inhabitants of 25 million, has recorded 47,000 instances and greater than 300 deaths.