Rwanda starts administering second doses of AstraZeneca vaccines

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FILE PHOTO: Rwanda rolled out its mass vaccination drive earlier this month focusing on healthcare workers, essential service providers and the elderly. /Photo courtesy: Rwanda Health Ministry – Twitter.

Rwanda on Friday started administering second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to people who had received their first doses.

According to figures published by its Ministry of Health, some 348,926 people have received a vaccine jab by 25 March, 290,000 of which were inoculated using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The rollout of the administration of the second shots comes two days after the country procured 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Rwanda is one of multiple countries in Africa that have rolled out mass vaccinations in efforts to contain COVID-19.

Its inoculation drive has given priority to healthcare workers, essential service providers and the elderly.

The country has registered a total of 21,918 confirmed virus infections with 308 deaths.

While rolling out the mass vaccination drive earlier this month, health authorities said they plan to inoculate 60 percent of the country’s population by 2022.

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