DR Congo’s Sceptical President Finally Gets COVID-19 Jab

DR Congo’s Sceptical President Finally Gets COVID-19 Jab 2
In this file photograph taken on November 11, 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition politician Felix Tshisekedi attends a press convention in Geneva, following the designation of a joint candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP


Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, who criticised the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 as inoculations started, obtained a primary dose on Sunday and urged the nation to get jabbed too.

A supply within the presidential workplace declined to say which model of vaccine Tshisekedi had obtained, and stated that the primary factor was the “strong gesture” of getting it achieved.

“The vaccine remains the best solution for now,” Tshisekedi informed journalists after receiving the shot on Sunday night alongside together with his spouse, Denise.

“Having lost several relatives and loved ones, I am best placed to testify about the devastation caused by this pandemic,” he stated.

Officials in the meantime confirmed the arrival within the Democratic Republic of the Congo of greater than 250,000 extra doses of Moderna vaccine. Several thousand extra doses of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are additionally due within the coming weeks.

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In early July, already-widespread mistrust of the vaccine elevated after an announcement by Tshisekedi concerning the AstraZeneca jabs.

“I think I was right not to be vaccinated. I asked for the opinions of other people, but they were divided. Some reassured me that there was no danger. But myself, I had doubts,” he informed state tv.

“There are other vaccines coming and you will see me get vaccinated,” he added.

The huge nation of greater than 80 million folks had by then obtained 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a part of the Covax world entry initiative, however returned 1.3 million doses on account of lack of demand.

Since April, greater than 85,000 folks have obtained at the very least one dose, with over 25,000 having obtained their second, official knowledge present.


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DR Congo’s Sceptical President Finally Gets COVID-19 Jab

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