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Burundi launches COVID-19 vaccination drive

Burundi launches COVID-19 vaccination drive

BURUNDI has rolled out its first COVID-19 vaccines, months after most African countries, the latest step in the East African nation's shift towards a more active approach to containing the pandemic. The vaccination campaign started in the commercial capital of Bujumbura without fanfare. Dozens of city residents queued quietly at a vaccination site, telling Reuters they heard about the drive-through word of mouth. No government officials were present to officially inaugurate the launch. "I rushed to take the vaccine because I have a trip very soon and, of course, I also want to protect myself," said 30-year-old Blaise, who asked…
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Mozambique’s vaccination plans

Mozambique’s vaccination plans

MOZAMBIQUE expects to inoculate 16 million high-risk people against the coronavirus by 2022, according to a top government health official. Mozambique will begin COVID-19 vaccinations next tomorrow after receiving a donation of 200,000 doses from the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) last week. The government initially aims to inoculate about 60,000 health workers in the country of about 30 million. Mozambique’s Deputy National Director of Public Health, Benigna Matsinhe "We will do everything so that the entire eligible population is vaccinated by 2022," said Deputy National Director of Health, Benigna Matsinhe, who acknowledged it will take time given Mozambique's financial…
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Morocco receives 500 000 doses

Morocco receives 500 000 doses

MOROCCO received a second batch of 500,000 doses of China's Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine yesterday, part of its national vaccination campaign, health ministry sources said. The 1 million Sinopharm doses add to 6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by India's Serum Institute which Morocco has received so far. Morocco has ordered 66 million doses of the vaccines, which require two doses per person, under plans to inoculate 80% of its 36 million-strong population for free. By Monday, Morocco had Africa's largest vaccinated population of 1.7 million people. The number of infections had reached 478,595, including 8,491 deaths. Despite a…
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