DRC launches vaccination campaign in its capital

The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its vaccination campaign in Kinshasa in an official ceremony largely aimed at dispelling doubts and suspicions about the AstraZeneca vaccine, with Congolese officials and diplomats present.

Health Minister Eteni Longondo, who was among the first to receive an injection at the University of Kinshasa’s Faculty of Medicine said that there are more advantages than disadvantages to being vaccinated in bid to urge the public to positively accept the inoculation process. 

DRC has so far received 1.7 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine as part of the Covax scheme, which aims to provide 20 percent of the population of nearly 200 countries with Covax vaccines this year.

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