#COVID19: 99,200 Gabonese Vaccinated, As Infection Rate Rises

The vaccination rates have been on a rise since the beginning of the third wave of infections in Gabon.

More than 99,200 persons have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Gabon, bringing the national vaccination coverage to nearly 4 per cent.

After stagnating for several weeks at 1 per cent before the beginning of the third wave of the pandemic, since the beginning of September, the rate of vaccination has continued to rise.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 14, the vaccination rate stood at 3.7 per cent. According to the countryā€™s national committee for the fight against COVID-19, from Sept. 10 to 13, Gabon recorded 265 new positive cases out of a total of 7,178 tests carried out.

In the past three days, 68 persons have been hospitalised, with 18 of them admitted for respiratory distress. The country has also registered three new deaths in Libreville, the capital, bringing the total number of fatalities from the virus to 173 throughout the national territory.

To reverse the situation, the national authorities have continued to advise the population to get themselves vaccinated against the virus.

So far, 102,817 persons have voluntarily presented themselves for vaccination at the various vaccination sites and 99,248 persons have already been vaccinated. 74,961 of those vaccinated received their second dose.

Among the persons already vaccinated, 78,555 (80 per cent) are males and 6,689 (6.8 per cent) of them were aged above sixty, 4,892 (5.8 per cent) were hypertensive while 5,731 (1.9 per cent) were diabetic.

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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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