Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Covid-19: Afghanistan launches vaccination campaign; Ukraine has received the first batch of vaccines


Afghanistan launched a population vaccination campaign against Covid-19 on Tuesday, with leading officials calling the process a “great opportunity” for the people and urging it to be implemented fairly.

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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.

In turn Ukraine has finally received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday after several delays in deliveries, officials say.

A plane with 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured in India, arrived at Kiev Borispil Airport.

“It’s here,” said Sofia Ministry of Health spokeswoman Sofia Fedchenko.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has been accused of delaying the vaccination program, while the president himself blames Western countries for reserving a large portion of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and urged the European Union to provide vaccines to Eastern European countries.

Zelensky’s government initially promised that the vaccination campaign would start in mid-February, but the delivery of the first batch of the vaccine was delayed.

Ukraine is also waiting for the eight million doses promised to it under the World Health Organisation’s Covax program.

Kiev has also ordered 17 million doses of Novavax and AstraZeneca vaccine, including 500,000 received on Tuesday.

In the Russian-occupied eastern part of Ukraine, vaccination of the population with the Russian-developed vaccine “Sputnik V” began in early February.

In a country with a population of more than 40 million, 1.3 million infections and 25,000 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported.





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