Rwanda to receive over five million Covid-19 vaccine doses

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije has said that Rwanda is set to receive more COVID-19 vaccine doses expected to reduce the number of increasing new infections and deaths.

He was appearing on the national broadcaster on Thursday to shed light on status of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Government is making possible efforts to get vaccines. In the meantime, people are encouraged to continue adhering to instituted containment measures,” he said.

Dr. Ngamije explained that Rwanda awaits 3,500,000 vaccines to be acquired through existing partnership with Pfizer-BioNTech.

He said that delivery of these vaccines which started last week continues until December 2021.

“We have started receiving some of these vaccine doses but we are undergoing discussions to have remaining doses delivered sooner as per existing agreements,” he revealed.

“We also have agreements to receive over 2,100,000 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, vaccine producer. We are waiting for confirmation of delivery dates but all expected doses won’t arrive before December,” added Dr. Ngamije.

Rwanda is planning to spend over Rwf4 billion to import oxygen plants to increase local production in response to the recent spike in coronavirus infections leading to hospitalisation.

Previously, Rwanda had seven oxygen plants with the capacity to produce 230 (50 liters each) cylinders per day and 7000 cylinders of oxygen per month.

Rwanda has so far vaccinated 392,003 people and targets to cover 60% of its population by June 2022.


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