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Chad launched a Covid-19 vaccination campaign on June 4 in the country’s capital, N’Djamena, as well as in the cities of Mundu and Abéche, after receiving 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China. Since 19 March 2020, 4,938 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Chad, including 174 deaths.
With our correspondent in N’Djamena, Aureli Bazzara-Kibangula
Chad is expected to intensify its Covax campaign in June. Meanwhile, 50,000 Chadians can already be vaccinated at seven vaccination sites. In this Njari hospital where we are located, the waiting room is full. Nurse Hassan is vaccinated against the Covid-19 chain … ” Everything is ok ? It does not hurt ? Done. “, He calms down before specifying: “ These are empty bottles, and there are already more than 100 of us, from 8:30 in the morning. “.
It is unexpected for him to see how many people come to get vaccinated. “Few Chadians believe in the existence of Covid-19,” he says, but his supply of vaccine doses is rapidly running out. ” We receive doses every day to keep up with the cold chain. This morning, for example, I had to unload 200 doses and 200 syringes. “. Priority is given to people over 65, medical personnel or candidates for the Hajj pilgrimage.
” I’m afraid to catch it “
There are those in the waiting room who feel obligated to get vaccinated: “I didn’t feel anything, the bite passed quickly. I came from Athi by bus – it is more than 400 kilometers – for the vaccine. I know that without a vaccine I will not be able to go on Hajj, because it is obligatory. ” And there are those who want to protect themselves: ” If I come here, it’s only because I’m afraid of getting infected. A month ago, my wife almost died, and it was in this hospital that she was rescued. When I was told there was a vaccine, I came “. Everyone will have to return in two weeks for the second dose.
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