Observation of Dr Steven Velabo Shongwe, WHO Representative on first COVID-19 COVAX vaccine in Sierra Leone

Observation delivered by Dr Steven Velabo Shongwe, WHO Country Representative in Sierra Leone on the arrival of the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine below the COVAX Facility

8 March 2021 – Lungi Global Airport – Sierra Leone.


Hon Minister of Health and Sanitation

Your Excellencies the Ambassadors

Donors and Health building companions

Senior authorities legit

People of the media

Illustrious Ladies and Gentlemen

 At this time time is a ancient moment for Sierra Leone. We’re gathered here to study the arrival of the first consignment of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (which is 96,000 doses) out of 528,000 doses allotted to Sierra Leone below the COVAX Facility.

The COVAX Facility via a actually real collaboration is supporting 92 low and heart-earnings worldwide locations including Sierra Leone, below its Approach Market Commitment (AMC). The worldwide COVAX Facility partnership brings together Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.

As at 24th February 2021, the most foremost donor governments contributing to the COVAX Facility encompass the USA (2.5 billion bucks), Germany (1.097 billion bucks), the UK (735 million Enormous British Pounds equal to 1.014 billion bucks), the European Price (485 million bucks), Japan (200 million bucks) among loads of diversified governments, foundations, corporations and organizations that are toughen this big initiative.     

Arrival of this first consignment of the vaccine provides the country with a further public correctly being utility in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This initial consignment of the vaccine and the rapid subsequent shipments will prioritize extreme target teams such as frontline correctly being mavens, weak teams including the worn and folk with underlying correctly being stipulations such as diabetes, coronary heart illness, hypertension, most cancers and others.

Vaccines are protected and efficacious and can assist place lives, lower severity of illness, toughen the quality of existence for contributors, families and communities. Deployment of the COVID vaccine needs to be one amongst the extreme measures that can beget to be taken as well to to the strict adherence to diversified public correctly being measures such because one of the best spend of facemask in public, hand washing, social distancing among others.

I’d must commend the authorities of the republic of Sierra Leone for offering leadership in the reach of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccine deployment opinion with the toughen of WHO, UNICEF, US CDC, World Bank and diversified companions. I’d additional must relish the World Bank for offering USD 8.5 million for the vaccine rollout

I must thank the total taking part companions that are supporting this imaginative and prescient of equitable salvage entry to to COVID-19 vaccines to reach doubtlessly the most weak inhabitants in Sierra Leone and the the leisure of the enviornment. WHO is dedicated to supporting the authorities of Sierra Leone in the roll out the COVID-19 vaccine.

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