UK donates new doses of Covid-19 vaccine to DRC to meet first-time vaccine requirements

Kinshasa, August 13, 2021 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has received more than 51,000 Toast Astra Geneca vaccines, a bilateral donation from the United Kingdom through the Kovacs mechanism, the Coalition for Epidemiological Innovation (CEBI), Kavi, UNICEF and the WHO.

These doses are aimed at giving the second dose to the majority of people who have already received the first dose as part of a vaccination campaign launched on April 19, 2021.

Scientific evidence shows that the vaccine is an essential tool in the fight against Govt-19 and can save millions of lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that countries continue to use all WHO-approved vaccines, including the Astra Geneca vaccine. The DRC was supportive of the use of the Astra Geneca vaccine, which meets existing storage conditions in the country (between + 2 and 8 C).

“The DRC and the United Kingdom are united in tackling this epidemic and united by their shared belief in the importance of vaccine equality in the world. We encourage the population to continue to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Jean-Jacques Mbungani, Minister of Public Health, Health and Prevention.

Ms. Emily Maltman, UK Ambassador to the DRC, said upon receiving the new block vaccine: “The United Kingdom is proud to guarantee access to the second dose of the Astra Geneca vaccine for the Congo. It is an important symbol of the unity of the people.The third wave is more vicious than the previous wave and we are not released to the fourth wave.A definitive way to protect yourself from the severe forms of Govt-19 is to be vaccinated.We will be safe only when everyone is vaccinated.

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In addition to its contributions to the Kovacs initiative, Britain pledged at the G7 summit in June 2021 to share 100 million vaccines by next year, of which 30 million by the end of this year. The donation to the DRC is part of this legacy.

“UNICEF is a partner in the Kovacs mechanism and will continue to support the Congolese government in vaccinations, operational activities, especially communications and social engagement to prevent the fourth wave of Govt-19 in the DRC,” said Edward Beckfer, UNICEF Representative for the DRC.

As a reminder, the DRC received more than 1.7 million doses of the Kovit-19 vaccine sent by Kovacs in March 2021. Since the vaccine was launched at the DRC on April 19, 2021, with the Astra Geneca vaccine, 81,910 people have been vaccinated in 13 provinces through July 10, 2021, of which 4,260 have returned to the second dose.

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