Ethiopia launches new COVID-19 vaccination drive as infection rates spike

People over 55 year of age receive AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines, sent by World Health Organisation's (WHO) COVAX, against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Kazanches Health Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Elders receive coronavirus vaccines at Kazanches Health Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 14, 2021. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Ethiopian government has launched a new COVID-19 vaccination campaign to boost the country’s vaccination rate and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

State media reported Saturday that the number of infected people entering intensive care units has been increasing over the past month in Ethiopia citing State Minister of Health Dereje Duguma.

Lax precautionary measures among citizens and the dynamic nature of the virus have both contributed to the spike in infections over recent weeks, Duguma said.

Ethiopia has already administered nearly 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in a country that about 120 million people call home.