The first volunteers to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine are doctors, security officials and journalists.
Vaccines were donated to Afghanistan by India this month.
“Today, I congratulate the Afghan people on the first phase of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, which is being implemented with a dose of 500,000 vaccines. This is a great opportunity for the Afghan people,” said President Ashraf Gani.
“We are not expecting any miracles, but we will help ensure that this campaign is carried out fairly,” added Health Minister Vahid Maghroh.
According to popular belief, Afghanistan suffered a severe pandemic last year, but the limited scope for testing has made it difficult to trace the spread of the virus.
Officially, only 55,600 infections and 2,430 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in a country of 32 million people.
According to estimates from a study by the Ministry of Health last August, as many as ten million people could be infected with the Covid-19 virus.
Despite the slow pace of peace talks between the government and the Taliban insurgents, the violence in the conflict-torn country has not abated.
In Kabul and other cities, explosions have taken place almost every day in recent weeks.
Due to the conflict, previous vaccination campaigns, including the polio campaign, have been slow. Vaccine teams have difficulty accessing areas under rebel control.
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