Sweden, the Czech Republic offer 1.6M J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses to Somalia

By Sakina Raj  | Date: 2022-08-29

Sweden, the Czech Republic offer 1.6M J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses to Somalia

Somalia has reportedly received 1 645 600 doses of the J&J (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines from the Czech Republic and Swedish Governments. Apparently, the vaccines were donated through the COVAX facility by both countries. While over 2.3 million people have been fully vaccinated against the infection, so far, nearly 1.9 million people are partially vaccinated.

Speaking on this move, the Minister of Health and Human Services of the Federal Government of Somalia, HE Dr Ali Haji Adam Abubakar, conveyed gratitude to the Government of the Czech Republic and Sweden for supporting and protecting Somalis against COVID-19. 

Dr Abubakar claimed that the received vaccines besides saving lives will ensure the creation of more equity between the residents of different backgrounds whilst contributing to their national health goals for ensuring that no one is left behind.

It has also been reported that this vaccine donation is currently more important as the severe drought and mass displacement faced by the country has made more people vulnerable to diseases.

Reportedly, the ongoing drought has left over 7.7 million people in humanitarian assistance and protection need, and nearly 1 million people internally displaced, bringing the country to the brink of famine.

According to Mr Per Lindgärde, Swedish Ambassador to Somalia, Sweden has once again stood in solidarity with the Somalian people to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Lindgärde stated that the 1 360 800 doses granted by the Swedish Government will be successful in helping the country get more people vaccinated.

Sweden, in addition to the COVAX-led vaccine donation, has long-term support and commitment to the Somalian health sector, as well as financial support for the health systems strengthening channeled through UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children and the United Nations Population Fund.

Sources also reveal that Somalia has made substantial progress in procuring effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines. However, limited access to specific areas given the insecurity and logistical issues is one of the challenges slowing down the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Source Credits: WHO EMRO | Somalia receives 1.6 million J&J COVID-19 vaccine doses from Sweden and the Czech Republic | News | Somalia site

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Armed with a degree in English Literature, Sakina chose to explore the world of content writing and pursue it as a career. Sakina has been playing with words for over five years now and currently pens down articles relating to diverse domains for BonafideNews and vari...

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