the difficult handling of the vaccination campaign

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has received 250,000 doses of Modern vaccine and is expected to receive 250,000 more doses of Pfizer vaccine. Currently, 18,000 people have been vaccinated since the campaign began on April 19 for a country with more than 100 million people. And among them, many foreigners and especially Congolese who travel. There are many vaccine doses to handle for a country that has so far vaccinated very little. Modern doses expire on January 9, 2022.

The extended immunization program promises to reveal very quickly how to use these vaccine doses, technical recommendations and the awareness program. At present, the DRC has only 190 vaccination centers open in a giant country.

If the opening of additional centers is in progress, a maximum of 344 centers had been opened so far, and that was in mid-July. At that time, the DRC was in a vaccine shortage, the 1.7 million doses of AstraZeneca received in early March were all consumed. The shortage lasted 35 days and in mid-August, the British government donated 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca.

Insufficient staff training Suddenly, the approximately 83,000 people who had already received a first dose begin to receive a second. There are several reasons for these delays and this was pointed out during a recent strategic review of the vaccination campaign organized by the Ministry of Health. In addition to mistrust of this vaccine, there was a particular lack of an action plan to reach vulnerable groups, low quality staff training and sudden poor service.

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