All ministers of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been ordered to get themselves vaccinated with the British AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a way to encourage Congolese citizens to get themselves vaccinated.
The first ministers to be vaccinated are: Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention, Jean-Jacques Mbungani and the Vice Minister of Public Health Veronique Kilumba Nkulu.
The decision comes due to lack of interest among citizens towards taking the jab.
However, the Congolese President, Felix Tshisekedi, who gave the order has said he would himself not take the AstraZeneca vaccine. He gave no reason for his decision to abstain from taking the vaccine.
According to official statistics from the Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention, the number of positive cases registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo since COVID-19 broke out in the country in March 2020 stands at 41,241 with 928 deaths recorded so far.
Kinshasa remains the province most hard hit with 72.7 per cent of all the cases – 29,970 – recorded in the country. Kinshasa province is followed by the provinces of North Kivu and Haut-Katanga which respectively have recorded 3,234 (7.8%) and 2,154 cases (5.2%).
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