JUBA – South Sudan will receive 35 to 40 percent of AstraZeneca, part of 864,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines, according to Coordinator of COVAX facility.
The first consignment of vaccines which will help the country in strengthening its fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic will be shipped to South Sudan this week.
Speaking to reporters in Juba via video message during the weekly COVID-19 media briefing on Sunday, Dinceen Brendan, Coordinator of COVAX, said the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the country between 22nd and 26th of February 2021.
“The COVAX facility has written to us telling us that this coming week starting on Monday to Friday; we will hand over the vaccine to the Ministry of Health,” Brendan said.
The Ministry of Health said it had officially applied for coronavirus vaccines to protect citizens from the pandemic in late January.
“35 to 40 percent of the 864,000 does will be the first delivery and the remaining does will come later,” he added.
According to the Ministry of Health, health workers will be allocated 27,000 doses, elderly population 2,096,380, persons with underlying factors like diabetes 220,120, persons living with HIV/AIDS 190,000, IDPs [internally displaced persons] 405,000, teachers 46,000, economically active population ] 25-40 years [old] 2,212,147.