Somalia receives 163,000 doses of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine from Germany

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MOGADISHU ( AXADLE) Somalia scaled up its fight to end the covid-19 pandemic after receiving 163,000 doses of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine from the German government through the COVAX facility today.

“The German government has extended its valuable support to Somalia in the fight against covid-19 and we would like to thank them for this,” said Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, Somalia’s Minister of Health and Human Services.

Since the covid-19 outbreak began in March 2020, Somalia has reported 21,998 laboratory-confirmed cases of covid-19, including 1,208 deaths, on October 25, 2021.

“To date, 1.85 percent of our population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. With support from Germany, we can step up our efforts to ensure that more eligible Somalis have access to the life-saving vaccines. we will be strong enough to eradicate diseases, such as covid-19, from Somalia and the rest of the world. ” “We stand firm with Somalia to protect its people from covid-19,” said Sascha Kienzle, Deputy Ambassador to Somalia.

As the second largest donor to the global response to covid-19, and one of the co-founders of ACT-A, a distribution platform for covid-19 vaccines, we understand the importance of ensuring safe and equitable access to these vaccines for each country. To end this pandemic and to ensure fair vaccines, I hope that our support will enable Somalia to vaccinate more of its citizens, giving them an opportunity to live healthy lives and contribute to the country’s economy and development goals. “

In August 2021, the German government donated about 1.3 million face masks to the WHO for Somalis to use and protect against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases of the respiratory tract.

“Donors, such as the German government, play an important role in the covid-19 action plan. Together with the Federal Government of Somalia and UNICEF, the WHO supports the vaccination campaign to improve uptake and use all means to reach all eligible Somalis to receive a covid-19 vaccine. , says Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative in Somalia.

“Immunization is an effective intervention to stop the spread of covid-19 and the dose donations, through the COVAX facility, play an important role in improving fair and safe access to the vaccines in Somalia. UNICEF is grateful to the German government and remains steadfast in its commitment to support the Ministry of Health in managing the cold chain systems to deliver the vaccines safely and to distribute community mobilizers to encourage the uptake of the vaccine, says UNICEF Somalia’s representative, Mohamed Ayoya.

In addition to frontline workers, people over the age of 50 and people with pre-existing medical conditions continue to be given priority with vaccinations. Somalia also offers vaccines to all people aged 18 and up. When vaccines are prioritized for essential workers and people at greatest risk for covid-19 complications, health and other important services will continue to function and deaths can be prevented.

Unless healthcare professionals and other necessary workers are protected, healthcare systems and other important services will remain overwhelmed, and the most vulnerable populations, including children, will continue to lose access to lifesaving services, risking years of reversal. progress.

As of October 25, 2021, 652,886 doses have been administered in the country. To date, 289,925 (1.85%) people have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 and 362,961 (2.32%) have been partially vaccinated.

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