The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) envisages holding discussions with officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo on how to make COVID-19 vaccines available to refugees from the Central African Republic housed in refugee camps in the country.
Liz Ahua Kpam, the UNHCR Resident Representative in the DR Congo, disclosed this on Thursday, Sept. 22 at a press briefing in Kinshasa during which she announced that the UNHCR had received some doses of the Moderna vaccine and called on the refugees to get themselves vaccinated against the pandemic.
“I returned from Gbadolite, North Ubangi yesterday where I met the Central African Republic refugees. Effectively, there are some who have already started asking us questions as to when the vaccines would be brought to them,” Kpam declared.
“This is an opportunity for me to say today that we encourage the refugees to get vaccinated and we are going to take the necessary dispositions with the competent authorities to carry the vaccines to the ground.”
With the arrival of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the DR Congo, the populations are demonstrating more willingness to get the jab and individuals have a variety of choices to make as to which vaccine to take contrary to the past when there was only the Astra-Zeneca vaccine available.
With the proliferation of violence in the Central African Republic before, during and after the Dec. 2020 legislative and presidential elections, many Central African Republic nationals crossed the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo especially in the Nord-Ubangi province.
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