Sudan has received a shipment of 218,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a donation from France.
The vaccines were delivered with United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) support through the COVAX facility.
UNICEF stated that over 800,000 people in Sudan including health workers were vaccinated since March 2021 with the first COVAX shipment and other donations.
“The majority have taken only one dose, and this shipment will contribute to an increase in the number of people who are fully vaccinated, which is required to alter the spread of the infection.” the UN Agency stated.
“The vaccinations come at a critical time as the infection numbers are climbing while the country is preparing to re-open schools after three years of numerous interruptions.”
Sudan has thus far registered 37,699 positive novel coronavirus cases and 2,831 deaths.
(With input from UNICEF)