“The French government is committed, with the EU and COVAX partners, to help Somalia scale up its immunization efforts so that additional frontline workers and other high-risk populations in Somalia can be protected from COVID-19 ″, said Aline Kuster-Menager, the French ambassador to Somalia. “This donation is part of a global effort by France: President Macron has pledged to donate 60 million doses of vaccine before the end of 2021. It is a global pandemic and France undertakes to ensure a fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in the world. If we want to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have to work together.
Since the outbreak began in March 2020, Somalia has reported a total of 15 735 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 dont 837 death as of July 24, 2021. Due to the low immunization coverage in the country where less than 1.8% of the country’s population is fully immunized, the country faces the dual challenge of improving immunization coverage among its general population as well than to ensure a predictable supply of COVID-19 vaccines to support effective deployment of mass immunization.
“The arrival of this new batch of COVID-19 vaccines comes at a critical time as cases in Somalia are on the rise, ”said HE Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, Somali Federal Minister of Health and Human Services. “The only way to stop the spread of the virus is to vaccinate the population. We are grateful for this latest donation from the French government and I call on all eligible people to get vaccinated. “
Somalia will continue to prioritize frontline health and other essential workers, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions in this next phase of the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine. To date, an estimated 186,094 people in Somalia have received their first dose of the vaccine and 92,792 have received their second.
“We appreciate the commitment of the French government to ensure the fair delivery of COVID-19 vaccines by providing essential doses to Somalia, ”said Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative of Somalia. “This timely support will be essential to increase the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19, especially health workers so that they can continue to provide essential health care to Somali children and their families.
WHO and UNICEF will continue to support the Ministry of Health to ensure the safe and equitable distribution of vaccines through the management of cold chain systems and in the training of vaccinators and the monitoring of vaccine use? Efforts will also continue to promote the safety and use of COVID-19 vaccine.
“If we can end the pandemic in Somalia, we can end it everywhere. The country’s fragile health system, the high number of its population, especially those at high risk, yet to be vaccinated can make the virus more transmissible and we risk the emergence of a new variant of the virus in the country if we cannot deploy the vaccination program against COVID-19 with speed and scale. Vaccines against COVID-19 are remarkably safe and effective. These are our only hopes to end the pandemic from Somalia and beyond, ”said Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative in Somalia. “We remain grateful to the French government for its kind support in providing these vaccines to the Somali people. “
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia.
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