Burundi approves use of COVID-19 vaccines

Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe

Burundian health minister Thaddee Ndikumana on Wednesday night announced that COVID-19 vaccines can be used in Burundi, after a meeting of the national committee on the prevention and fight against the virus.

“We have accepted the request of the World Bank to avail COVID-19 vaccines. The national committee on the prevention and fight against COVID-19 has however suggested that the ministry (of health) avails needed equipment to receive those vaccines,” Ndikumana told a press briefing.

COVID-19 in Burundi is under control, but new cases are still reported in three health districts, including the Bujumbura municipality center health district, the health district of Kiremba in Ngozi province and the health district of Kirundo in the province of Kirundo, according to Ndikumana.

Since Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye took office in June 2020, the government has stepped up measures against COVID-19, including the mass screening campaign and reducing the price of soap with government subsidies.