The Democratic Republic of Congo is set to receive 5.9 million doses of the Pfizer, Sinovac, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Sources in the country’s Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Kinshasa that the vaccines are being supplied to the country within the context of the COVAX world initiative aimed at guaranteeing rapid and equitable access to test kits and vaccines against the COVID-19 to all countries no matter their level of income.
Jean-Jacques Mbungani Mbanda, DR Congo’s Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention on Friday, June 25, during a cabinet meeting announced that the country will “very soon” launch a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus adding that members of government would be the first to be vaccinated at the beginning of July.
Right now, on a total of 498 sites where vaccination with the AsraZeneca vaccine are supposed to be carried out, 268 sites are functioning throughout eight of the country’s targeted provinces.
Current COVID-19 data in the country indicate that 44,840 persons have received the jab, with 74 per cent of them men and 26 per cent females. 69 per cent of those vaccinated are aged below 55 and 31 per cent are aged 55 years and above.
The current coronavirus situation in the country stands at 39,394 persons tested positive, 28,137 cases successfully treated and discharged from hospital and 898 deaths.
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