Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, says the country would receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines within the next two weeks.
“Cameroon, after diligence made possible by the head of state, will in two weeks receive its first doses of the British AstraZeneca vaccine within the context of the COVAX facility. Priority will be given to health personnel,” Malachie said over the weekend.
“In conformity with the advice of the Scientific Council, the priority targets for the vaccination against the covid are health personnel, persons aged over 50 years with comorbidities, vulnerable persons, teachers, special groups and the masses.”
The minister noted that the vaccines would be offered free of charge and would only be administered to persons who voluntarily decide to take them, adding that the first consignment would consist of one million doses.
Meanwhile, the country’s Prime Minister and Head of Government, Dion Ngute, has called on Cameroonians to be more responsible and to strictly respect the COVID-19 restrictions put in place a year ago.
The Prime Minister revealed that in just one week, more than 3,000 new cases had been detected in the country with 37 contaminated persons reported dead.
“Everything points to the fact that the deterioration in the epidemiological situation we are observing today is to a large extent due to the relaxation in the application of the barrier measures and to the non-respect of the restrictive measures taken on March 17, 2020, some of which are still in place, ” he said.
Ngute added that to guarantee the effective application of the measures already put in place, administrative authorities were instructed to ensure the return of the hand-wash and sanitisers at the entrances of all public establishments, including churches.
He revealed that testing operations at aerial, maritime and land borders would be reinforced to curtail the risks of importing new variants of the COVID-19.
“With a view to reinforcing our preventive measures, the head of state has instructed the government to engage in negotiations with partner organisations towards the acquisition of vaccines against the COVID-19. More than one million doses of the vaccine will be available within a short time,” the Prime Minister announced.
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