Angola’s capital starts mass vaccination against COVID-19

Over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Angola./WHO Angola

Angola’s capital Luanda has launched a mass vaccination program against COVID-19, the country’s health ministry announced on Friday.

Angola’s Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta told the press that the campaign is crucial since 70 percent of the country’s total positive COVID-19 cases were in the city.

The minister said the plan is to create 50 vaccination posts across all municipalities of Luanda.

While stressing “the performance of these vaccination posts will depend on the availability of vaccines,” she believes Angola will receive more vaccines in the coming days.

“By next Thursday, our goal is to open at least five high-performance vaccination posts,” Lutucuta said.

Angola is using the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.

Data from the health ministry shows that Angola had administered 1.7 million doses of vaccine as of Friday. The country registered a total of 44,328 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,082 deaths so far.

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