60,000 AstraZeneca doses arrive in Juba

60,000 AstraZeneca doses arrive in Juba
Some of the boxes of the first consignment of 132,000 AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived at the Juba International Airport (photo credit: Sheila Ponnie/The City Review)

The national Ministry of Health yesterday received additional 60,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

This was the second shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines donated by the government of France. The first country to donate COVID-19 vaccines to South Sudan was India.

George Azania Legge, the Extended Program on Immunization (EPI) Manager at the Ministry of Health, said the vaccines would be distributed to the 35 counties that had received the first batch of the vaccines.

“Those in Juba will start their COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow in the main health facilities such as Juba Hospital, military hospital and police hospital.”

However, Legge said the distribution of the vaccines to other counties across the state will begin on Thursday.

Last week, the ministry of health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) said 51, 833 people were yet to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The health official said the vaccine was meant only for those who had been waiting to get their second dose

The total number of people who are fully vaccinated in South Sudan is 60,964 which is just  0.44 per cent of the total population in the country.