The South Korean government has donated 547,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to the Gabonese government.
The vaccines were handed over on Wednesday, Feb. 9, by Ryu Chang Soo, the South Korean ambassador to the Gabon Government.
Dr Guy-Patrick Obiang Ndong, Gabon’s Minister of Health, received the vaccines on behalf of the Gabonese government in the presence of the resident representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Gabon.
“In the name of the Gabonese government, the Minister expressed gratitude to the Korean government for the donation and for its constant support to Gabon since the beginning of the pandemic,” the Minister said in a communique issued after the handing-over ceremony.
He revealed that the support of the South Korean government to Gabon concerning the COVID-19 has been by way of training and the utilisation of COVID-19 diagnostic equipment, donation of PCR apparels, medicines and individual protection equipment.
Dr Ndong spoke of the “precious contribution being a materialisation of the excellent friendly relations between the two countries” and expressed happiness for the donations.
“This donation will permit the significant amelioration of the vaccination coverage against the COVID-19 in the country,” the minister said.
On his part, the South Korean diplomat reaffirmed the willingness of his country to accompany Gabon in its fight against the health crisis.
So far, the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Gabon stands at 24.69 per cent of the population completely vaccinated while 29.29 per cent have received the first dose of vaccines. This was against the 50 per cent vaccination coverage envisaged by Dec. 2021.
The year 2022 marks the 60th year of cooperation and friendship between Gabon and South Korea.
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