The World Bank has approved the disbursement of 12.5 million US dollars to the government of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) for the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines and for the reinforcement of pro-vaccine and prevention communication.
The decision was made known to the Congolese government Friday, June 25, 2021 by Korotoumou Ouattara, the World Bank Representative in the country.
Meanwhile, the government of President Sassou N’Guesso is continuing discussions with its international development partners and the African Union on the COVAX initiative and has already indicated its willingness to receive the single dose Russian Sputnik Light vaccine.
Congo Brazzaville has been witnessing a drop in COVID-19 infections since December 2020 and monthly deaths have dropped to 10 from a previous high of about 20 every month.
This encouraging situation has spurred the government to accelerate the putting in place of the national vaccination plan with the objective of attaining a 60 per cent vaccination coverage with 3,468,906 persons projected to be vaccinated by July 2022.
This objective can only be achieved by acquiring sufficient vaccines on the one hand and a successful national vaccination campaign on the other hand.
The national vaccination campaign is expected to benefit from the supply of sufficient vaccine doses so that the vaccination centres would be increased from 24 in three divisions today to 453 throughout the national territory.
According to officials in the country’s Ministry of Health, a vigorous vaccination campaign is imperative now because since vaccination started on March 23, 2021, only 90,762 persons have been vaccinated so far, with 58,677 having received their second dose of the SYNOPHARM and Sputnik 5 vaccines.
The COVID-19 situation in Congo Brazzaville currently stands at 12,404 confirmed infections, 8,208 successfully treated patients and 164 deaths.
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