Rwanda has less than 180 days (six months) to host the world’s most prestigious gathering -the 26th edition of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for 21 June 2021.
CHOGM is customarily held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering. Commonwealth leaders selected Rwanda as host for their next summit when they met in London in 2018.
The CHOGM in Kigali had been previously set to take place last year but because of Covid-19 disruptions, a new date was set to this year.
The good news is that a vaccine against Covid-19 is already being rolled out across the world- in some countries, the Covid-19 jab is being administered to a section of the population.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh have received their Covid-19 vaccinations, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Saturday.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the Commonwealth currently comprised of 54 sovereign states.
To prevent inaccuracies and further speculation, Her Majesty, who 94, decided that she would let it be known that she has had the vaccination, the source added. Her husband is 99 years old.
The couple’s son, Prince Charles, tested positive for coronavirus and went into isolation in March. The 72-year-old later said he was lucky to only experience mild symptoms, adding he’d “got away with it quite lightly.”
Meanwhile, their grandson Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, also tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year, UK media reported, though exactly when he contracted the virus is unclear.
The UK has recorded more than 3 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 80,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.
Rwanda, the host of the forthcoming CHOGM has been hailed for meticulously handling the Covid-19 and keeping infections very low compared to other countries.
Infections have reached a Total of 9,461 cases with 6,956 recoveries and 118 deaths. The country is currently observing a partial lockdown as nobody is required to travel out of their district for the next 15days.
Rwanda has 30 districts. Those living in the capital Kigali are also not allowed to travel out of the city. Only cargo trucks and ambulances can be seen rolling on the country’s highways.