#COVID-19: Gabon Vaccinates 83,000 Citizens In 5 Months

Gabon, despite struggling initially to convince citizens to go for COVID-19 vaccination, is starting to record some success.

Five months after the launching of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Gabon, the country has vaccinated 83,313 persons against the virus.

Of this number, 16,782 are women and 66,531 are men, according to official figures recorded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) African Bureau.

During the last 10 days, 86,531 persons showed up at the more than 20 vaccination sites in the country to get themselves vaccinated.

Of that number, 83,313 were judged fit to receive the vaccine and were subsequently vaccinated while 61,206 persons have already received their second dose of the vaccines.

The Gabonese National Vaccination Commission considers these figures as not very encouraging and as evolving very slowly.

However, the Gabonese presidency says it is satisfied with the figures so far and reminds citizens that “getting vaccinated is also a civic and patriotic act.”

Gabon has so far recorded 25,888 positive cases of the coronavirus with 166 deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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