Cameroon is set to receive the first shipment of the Chinese vaccine SINOPHARM, tomorrow Sunday April 11, a government official said.
Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, in Yaounde, the country’s capital on Friday, April 9, said the first lot would consist of 200,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine.
“Within the context of the putting in place of the government’s fight against COVID-19, the Prime Minister and Head of Government will on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 18:30 hours receive the first doses of the vaccine against the Covid-19 at the Yaounde, Nsimalen international airport,” the minister revealed in a statement.
The ministerial statement called on all Cameroonians to get themselves vaccinated at the opportune moment. The call comes amidst mixed opinions and polemics concerning the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.
A lot of dust has also been raised as to what segment of the national community should be vaccinated first.
On its part, the Cameroon National Order of Doctors has been encouraging Cameroonians not to resist taking the vaccine and called on all to whom the vaccine would be available to readily get themselves vaccinated.
The pandemic is raging as the second wave of the COVID-19 has invaded the national territory with an exponential rise in the number of infected cases and deaths.
Meanwhile, in a related development, Cameroon’s National Assembly closed its first session for the year 2021 Friday, April 9, without debating on a bill instituting compulsory vaccination in the country that was deposited by the government in the National Assembly Bureau on Friday, March 26.
HumAngle reports that the submission of the bill at the National Assembly raised so much dust that it seems the government decided to withhold it, at least for now, to avoid further confusion in the midst of a ravaging deadly pandemic.
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