The Vice Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention, Véronique Kilumba Nkulu received, on Monday, September 27, a batch of twenty-five thousand three hundred and eighty doses of the Pfizer vaccine, out of a total of four million nine hundred and sixty thousand seven hundred and sixty doses are expected. These doses are received as part of the fight against COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This is the second donation from the United States government to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the COVAX mechanism. The UN-supported COVAX program aims to make two billion doses of vaccine against the COVID-19 virus available to all countries in the world, regardless of their wealth, by the end of 2021.
The ceremony for the reception of this batch of anti-COVID-19 vaccines took place at the vaccine storage center of the Expanded Program on Immunization in the urban-rural commune of N’sele, in Kinshasa, between the Deputy Minister of Health and the United States . Ambassador.
These doses are added to the different types of vaccines previously received in the country.
Ms. Véronique Kilumba Nkulu specified that the vaccines received from the United States will be distributed to “health establishments” to be administered to people over 18 years of age. And this, in the priority provinces where the pandemic rages.
“No one will be safe while everyone else,” said the vice minister, before inviting the population to get vaccinated and observe the barrier measures decreed by the health authorities.
Representatives from USAID, WHO, UNICEF, the director of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), as well as technical and financial partners from the health sector participated in the ceremony.