Covid-19 vaccination consignments from China [photo: Africa news]
In African countries that had not started administering Covid-19 vaccinations, Burundi, has started the inoculation exercise today. Burundi, who received their vaccines consignment last week on Thursday have vaccinated people in their capital Bujumbura state.
Burundian leaders had previously downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, took delivery of 500,000 donated doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine at a ceremony in Bujumbura.
Previously, Ndayishimiye and his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, who died suddenly in June 2020 amid speculation he had contracted Covid, had minimised the gravity of the pandemic, saying God had spared Burundi from its ravages.
Burundi’s health ministry said on Wednesday the vaccination campaign would begin with target healthcare providers
Additionally, the government will be keen to vaccinate the marginalized members of their community and citizens. These include people aged over 60years of age and with underlying health problems. Others who will also get vaccinated fast are the ones who wish to travel abroad and in countries that demand vaccination certificates.
The remaining country in Africa yet to start the vaccination exercise is Eritrea.