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Kenya, Rwanda Receive First Batch of Covid -19 Vaccine

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Kenya and Rwanda have received their first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines trough the COVAX initiative. The package was delivered by Qatar Airways to both countries.

According to details from Kenya, 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi on Tuesday night. The vaccines arrived on Qatar Airways flight QR1341.

On March 3rd, Kigali also received its package of 240,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

According to Rwanda government, a vaccination plan scheduled for rollout on Friday will see target risk groups across the country receive their first of two vaccine doses.

“The target is to vaccinate 30% of the population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022,” the government said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Uganda government said, it is scheduled to receive its first Covid-19 vaccine consignment on Friday and will start vaccinating people against  Covid-19  next Wednesday on the 10th March.

Uganda’s first batch of the COVID-19 jabs will comprise of 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s Health minister said, “all persons eligible for vaccination will be required to provide a National ID in the case of Ugandan citizens or a passport in the case of non-Ugandans.”

For Tanzania, vaccination against covid-19 remains a controversial issue because the government considers these jabs unsafe.

“We are not yet satisfied that those vaccines have been clinically proven safe”, Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said last month.

Gwajima and the health officials drank a herbal concoction including ginger, garlic, and lemons, and inhaled steam from herbs, promoting them as natural means of killing the virus. 

“You should stand firm. Vaccinations are dangerous. If the White man was able to come up with vaccinations, he should have found a vaccination for AIDS by now; he would have found a vaccination [for] tuberculosis by now; he would have found a vaccination for malaria by now; he would have found a vaccination for cancer by now”, President John Magufuli said at the end of January, 2021.