- Medical doctors, safety personnel, journalists amongst first volunteers to obtain doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine
- Ashraf Ghani calls marketing campaign a giant alternative for folks of Afghanistan
- Nation’s performing well being minister says they do not count on any miracles
KABUL: Amid ongoing assaults by militants, Afghanistan on Tuesday launched its coronavirus vaccination drive with the hopes of inoculating hundreds of Afghans in opposition to the illness that has wrecked havoc on this planet.
Medical doctors, safety personnel, and journalists had been among the many first volunteers to obtain doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, donated earlier this month by India.
“Today, I congratulate the people of Afghanistan for the launch of the first stage of COVID-19 vaccine [drive] with 500,000 doses of vaccines. This is a big opportunity for the people of Afghanistan,” stated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as the primary jabs had been administered.
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“We don’t expect any miracles, but let’s help this campaign to be implemented justly,” the nation’s performing well being minister Waheed Majroh added.
Afghanistan is believed to have been hit laborious by the COVID-19 pandemic within the final yr, however restricted testing and a ramshackle healthcare sector have hampered its skill to trace the virus.
Formally the nation has recorded simply 55,600 confirmed instances and about 2,430 deaths.
However a survey printed by the nation’s well being ministry final August estimated that as much as 10 million folks — practically a 3rd of the inhabitants — might need been contaminated with the coronavirus.
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Kabul, together with city areas throughout the nation, have been rocked within the latest weeks by frequent explosions on an nearly each day foundation amid fraught peace talks between the federal government and the Taliban.
Many years of battle have slowed previous vaccine drives in Afghanistan, together with an anti-polio marketing campaign, with swathes of the nation beneath the management of insurgents making entry tough for inoculation groups.
The war-torn nation kicked off its vaccine drive as controversies dogged inoculation plans throughout the globe, with accusations of dose hoarding, provide shortages and logistical complications slowing the supply of jabs.