The Government of Gabon is set to receive 268,620 doses of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The consignments of the COVID-19 vaccines are expected this month and Oct.
This follows the receipt of about one million doses of the Sinopharm and Sputnik V vaccines by the country.
The acquisition of the vaccines is within the context of the COVAX mechanism, an initiative that ensures equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in 200 countries.
“The ministerial council has indicated its satisfaction following reports of successful meetings within the context of the COVAX mechanism intended to permit our country to dispose of over 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 168,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine between the months of September and October 2021,” a communique issued after a cabinet meeting held in Libreville on Monday, Sept. 6 revealed.
A source in the Gabonese Ministry of Health, who opted for anonymity because she is not authorised to talk on behalf of the ministry, revealed that Gabon has decided to sufficiently arm itself in the fight against COVID-19.
This determination is in view of the fact that the “government has noticed a progressive augmentation of the number of new contaminations linked to the relaxation in barrier measures observed within the populations and the presence of the Delta variant,” the official said.
President Ali Bongo Ondimba has instructed the government to reinforce and extend the new vaccination strategy illustrated by the itinerant vaccination campaign already effective in the Libreville, Owendo and Akanda council areas.
The acquisition of the two new vaccines will enable the intensification of the fight against the pandemic.
“This would be a real challenge because the populations remain uninclined to get themselves vaccinated,” the public health official declared.
“Five months after the launching of the national vaccination campaign against the virus, the country has injected less than 7 per cent of its population, whereas the authorities envisage vaccinating at least 50 per cent of the population before the end of the year.”
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