ADDIS ABABA – Somalia has fully vaccinated 10% of its population against Covid-19 disease, taking the country out of the band of countries with least vaccination rates.
The Horn of African nation started offering the Covid-19 vaccine to its citizens on March 15, 2021, upon receiving 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX, a global initiative that works with governments and manufacturers to make Covid-19 vaccines are available worldwide.
As of June 24, the initiative has delivered about 7.79 million doses of vaccines to Somalia, supporting the country to reach 10% of its population with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
“We congratulate the country for the commitment to further and look forward to continue working together to protect the people of Somalia from COVID-19,” said Dr. Richard Mihigo, Director of Covid-19 vaccine coordination at Gavi, Vaccine Alliance and one of the co-leader of Covax.
“This milestone is hugely significant given the political conditions in the country and the fact that the health system is already stretched thin,” Dr. Mihigo added.
Somalia’s milestone today brings the number of countries below 10% coverage with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines down to 16 from 34 countries In January 2022.
Golbally, Covax has shipped over 1.5 billion COVID-19 vaccines to 146 countries including 46 African nations.
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