Sudan Receives First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Sudan Receives First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Sudan received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccines Wednesday and has announced that it will begin inoculation of frontline medical staff next week.

According to health officials, the first consignments which arrived at Khartoum airport comprise 828,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine.

Sudan has secured a total of 3.4 million doses, which are expected to arrive in the coming months through COVAX, a UN-led initiative that provides jabs to poor countries. Inoculation of around 414,000 medical staff across the country will begin “next week,”

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Dalia Idris, a health ministry official coordinating vaccine deployment, told newsmen. ‘The vaccine will be available for free,’ health minister Omar al-Naguib earlier told a press conference in Khartoum, noting that frontline medics and the elderly will be the first to get the jab.

More batches are expected to arrive so that by the end of September there are jabs for 20 percent of Sudan’s 40 million population. The virus has so far infected more than 28,500 in Sudan and killed nearly 1,900, according to official data.

Sudan is navigating a rocky political transition and a deepening economic crisis following the April 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Wednesday’s announcement came nearly a month after Sudan unveiled a new cabinet.

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK

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