Rwanda hits target in Covid vaccination campaign, outside EU red list

By BOB KARASHANI

By Ange Iliza

A JOINT REPORT

East Africa

Rwanda has reached the global September target of fully vaccinating 10% of its 12.9 million inhabitants against Covid-19 and is one of the countries recommended by the European Union to have unlimited access for non-essential travel on his territory.

The country has vaccinated 2,029,038 people with the first vaccine and 1,466,966 are fully immunized as of September 24. In August, Rwanda launched a vaccination campaign targeting Kigali residents over the age of 18.

Rwanda has so far received 3.4 million doses of vaccines, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, it administered 3.3 million doses and fully immunized 10 percent of its population.

The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the latest weekly briefing on Thursday that African countries have so far acquired 181.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The agency said about 4.06 percent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated. Some 136.3 million of the 181.2 million total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to date. Five countries – Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia – have acquired and administered the most doses to their populations, according to the agency.

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Morocco has so far administered 39.5 million doses, or about 48.63 percent of the country’s total population. So far, at least 70,739,842 Covid-19 tests have been carried out on the continent. These numbers are set to rise as Tanzania pledges to officially release Covid-19 statistics as part of the conditions for access to the $ 567.25 million loan from the International Monetary Fund, disbursed earlier this month. to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic.

Finance Minister Mwigulu Nchemba, in an official letter dated August 20 to the Fund, pledged; “We commit to begin, by the end of September 2021, to regularly and transparently report and disseminate critical information about the pandemic to the WHO and to the public at least once a week,” Nchemba said. Tanzania stopped the official release of Covid-19 data in April last year, with just 509 cases and 21 deaths reported at the time.

The IMF says on its website that the approval and disbursement of the loan meets Tanzania’s need for “urgent financial assistance” to implement its Covid-19 response plan.

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