Banjul Global Airport, 2nd March, 2021
A milestone arrival of 36,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVAX vaccine in The Gambia; the vaccines had been handed over to the Ministry of Health (MoH) at Banjul Global Airport.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when all countries are desirous to trust the virus transmission, The Gambia received the principle consignment of 36,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, a predominant step in controlling the pandemic. The pandemic had its toll in The Gambia affecting the health, social and economic wellbeing of the electorate.
COVAX Facility, a pillar of the Entry to COVID-19 Instruments ACT-Accelerator, turned into as soon as established to escape the worldwide pattern, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines. COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Group (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF as wisely because the World Financial institution, Civil Society Organizations, producers, and others.
The leadership of the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF Representatives had been on the airport to peep the appearance of the principle COVAX cargo.
WHO Marketing consultant, Dr Desta Tiruneh and UNICEF Marketing consultant, Lewis Jonathan handed over the COVID-19 vaccines to the Honorable Minister for Health on behalf of COVAX Facility companions.
The Mister for Health, Hon. Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh, acknowledged COVAX companions for coming together, in an progressive global collaboration, to give a recall to low- and heart-profits countries of their efforts to trust the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and repair lives.
“The Gambia’s authorities in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, World Financial institution and varied companions came together in unparalleled vogue to regulate the pandemic within the country.” said Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh.
“It’s predominant that every body of us, categorised as excessive risk groups by the Ministry of Health, i.e., health care employees, of us with pre-existing health instances, elderly ladies and males above 65 years, teachers, immigration and safety apparatus are vaccinated within the approaching weeks,” added Dr Amadou Lamin Samateh.
WHO Marketing consultant said that the COVAX vaccines are obtain and efficient.
“The vaccines equipped by method of the COVAX Facility enjoy fulfilled your complete suggested Unswerving Manufacturing Apply (GMP) necessities and enjoy passed your complete laboratory and scientific trials on humans. Which potential, the vaccines had been cleared to be utilized by WHO,” said Dr Desta Tiruneh.
He also reminded each person that these vaccines are no longer a cure for COVID-19 but vaccines are further protective measure from getting COVID-19.
“After vaccination, all recipients of the vaccines must continue the usage of assorted preventive measures equivalent to declaring acceptable social distancing, the utilize of facemask, and handwashing with soap and water,” said Dr Desta Tiruneh.
Over 10 media houses attended the match and journalists had been entreated to stare for clarity, on any facts they need, from the Ministry of health, They had been entreated to document appropriate facts in regards to the vaccine and offers a recall to the efforts by combating wrong facts and misinformation.
The 36,000 AstraZeneca vaccines will likely be equitably dispensed to your complete all regions of The Gambia and vaccination is predicted to commence within the approaching days.