Rwanda has received the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 shots dispatched to Africa under the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme. The vaccines were received in the capital Kagali.
The Rwanda Ministry of Health stated that he AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines, which numbered 240,000 doses, will be followed by 102,960 doses of the Pfizer vaccines, also from the COVAX vaccine sharing program, that is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening, the statement said. The vaccines will be used to vaccinate a total of 171,480 people from risk groups who are identified as priority, including health personnel, frontline workers and those older than 65 years or with underlying health conditions, it said.
“We are pleased to receive these first AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer vaccines through the COVAX initiative, and appreciate the partnerships with the UN family, GAVI, funders and as well as manufacturers that have made this possible,” Rwandan Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije said in the statement.