South Sudan rolls out mass COVID-19 vaccination drive


South Sudan rolled out its COVID-19 mass vaccination drive on Tuesday, joining in the word’s efforts to tackle the pandemic through inoculations.

Healthcare workers in Juba were among the first to receive their jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with elderly persons also targeted.

The commencement of the mass vaccination drive comes nearly two weeks after the arrival of the shots in the country.

South Sudan received the 132,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca shots on March 25 through the support of the World Health Organization’s COVAX Facility established to ensure all countries can equitably access COVID-19 vaccines.

Besides healthcare workers and elderly persons, South Sudan’s top government officials are also expected to take their jabs soon.

Through the COVAX Facility, 732,000 doses of vaccines are expected to be deployed to South Sudan in the first half of 2021.

By Tuesday, the country had reported 10,286 COVID-19 infections with 113 deaths.

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