#COVID19: Cameroon Orders 5.3 Million Vaccine Doses For 2022 AFCON

Cameroon is intensifying vaccination efforts with Johnson & Johnson in preparation for AFCON.

The Cameroon Government has placed an order for 5.3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The country expects to vaccinate 20 per cent of the national population before and during the African Nations Cup (AFCON) competition which will be hosted by Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon Minister of Public Health, had on June 16, 2021 signed a communique announcing the intensification of the national vaccination campaign against  Covid-19 from July 7 to 11, 2021.

The new COVID-19 vaccine doses which are expected in the country within the next few days, would be used in this new massive vaccination campaign.

The national vaccination campaign was launched in the country three months ago using the British AstraZeneca and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines.

According to the Minister of Public Health, the new intensified vaccination campaign would be carried out in health centres and by mobile teams that would be deployed within the communities to do door-to-door vaccinations.

The mobile teams would also visit meeting places such as markets, churches, public administration offices and business places. Those concerned are Cameroonians aged from 18 years and above.

This new intensified national vaccination campaign became necessary because of the reticence of the populations at getting themselves vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, June 16, 2021, only 16,200 out of the 70,300 persons who have so far been administered the first dose, have returned for the second dose on their appointed dates.

Current figures indicate that there are 80,487 persons tested positive for the virus, 35,261 successfully treated and 1,320 dead.

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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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