MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Somalia on Tuesday launched the COVID-19 vaccine through the vaccination of a health minister who received the blow in public to reassure the nation of its safety.
The horned people of Africa, who have recently experienced a major wave of incidents, received their first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday through the international COVAX initiative to ensure that low- and middle-income countries receive the vaccine.
The first vaccinations in Somalia took place during a small ceremony at the Martin Hospital in the capital Mogadishu, where Health Minister Fawzia Abikar Nour urged the public to receive vaccines from one of the continent’s weakest health systems in a country of 15 million.
“We plan to vaccinate 20% of the population, starting with frontline workers such as health workers and the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly,” he said.
“We will work hard to raise the awareness of our people against this dangerous virus, as well as a campaign to persuade our people to trust this vaccine, which can save many lives,” he said.
Only five people, including the minister երկու two staff members of the World Health Organization, were shot dead in the area on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why this was so.
But the minister said the authorities would work to distribute the vaccines in Somalia, which is battling an Islamic extremist insurgency, making roads dangerous.
“We will distribute these doses to most of the capital’s major hospitals, to government headquarters, so that government employees can be easily vaccinated at their workplaces,” he said.
Leaders like Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Cyril Ramafosa of South Africa have been photographed across Africa receiving COVID-19 vaccines to reassure their people of safety. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been discontinued in some European countries, such as Germany and Italy, due to reports of blood clots in several recipients, although a European regulator has said no shots were fired. The AstraZeneca vaccine is the only one available in Somalia and many other African countries.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullah Mohammed has already been vaccinated, according to SONNA, the official state news agency. The agency notes that Mohamed, known as Pharmajo, has expressed concern about the public’s lack of awareness about the epidemic, as well as its support for people suffering from COVID-19.
The virus has killed a growing number of prominent Somalis, including the former president. Somalia has recorded 8,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including at least 349 deaths, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But a number of ordinary Somalis who spoke to the Associated Press said they were not interested in getting the vaccine.
“Who knows what they will give to these government officials, what they will give to the general public,” said Abdi Gaal Isak, a government official at the Department of Education.
Isaac asked, talking about the shooting of AstraZeneca. “If it is good, why do so many European countries refuse to take it? When you marry a woman, you must first check how she behaves in her parents’ house, “if she is fine there, only then will she be fine in your house.”
Although the government encourages masks in society, social distance հեռավոր regular hand washing to control the epidemic, many do not follow the instructions. In the streets of Mogadishu you can see that only a few people fit. In mosques where most people do not wear masks, imams ask worshipers to stand side by side to keep the devil away.
Mogadishu-based health worker Dr Abdirahman Bilal said that although “this second stage is more visible to people”, not all victims were registered “because many did not make it to hospitals” and some were unaware. is an epidemic.
Although most of the cases in Somalia have been reported in recent weeks, many believe there are more pressing issues that remain deadlocked over how to hold early elections in the country.
The president’s term expired last month, with his opponents saying he was in office illegally. And al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremist group, is launching more and more regular attacks on public places, including hotels.
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