DRC holds rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine as ‘a precautionary measure’


The Democratic Republic of Congo has postponed its AstraZeneca vaccination rollout campaign, originally set to begin on Monday, March 15th.

NETHERLANDS – 2020/11/29: In this photo illustration, a man holds a syringe with a fake Covid-19 vaccine with the AstraZeneca logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

This is as a result of various countries taking similar precautionary measures over blood clot fears.

DRC had received 1.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

However, Health Minister Eteni Longondo said in a statement released on Saturday that “As a precautionary measure, we decided to postpone the date for the launch of vaccination in the DRC.”

“There were countries which suspended their vaccination plans out of precaution because they reported problems with thrombosis and death. So far, there is no proof that these problems are linked to the vaccine,” he said.

Minister Longondo added that a new date for the DRC’s vaccination campaign would be announced shortly, after the results of national and international investigations are made available.

DRC has reported thus far recorded 26,954 coronavirus cases and 712 deaths.

(With Input from RFI)

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