Somalia obtained its first cargo of the Oxford Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday, simply as different nations – significantly throughout Europe – put their vaccination efforts on pause due to issues over the protection of the product.
The primary batch of 300,000 doses to reach in Mogadishu is offered by means of the worldwide COVAX program and destined for frontline well being employees, elders and other people with underlying medical situations. That’s in step with pointers set by Somalia’s COVID-19 Nationwide Process Power.
“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines occurs at a essential time as Somalia is now experiencing a brand new wave of the epidemic,” mentioned well being minister Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur. “It may possibly solely be contained if all nations stand collectively, Somalia included.”
Somalia will be capable of vaccinate the primary 20 % of its inhabitants in levels, however now the Oxford Astra Zeneca product has come beneath hearth after experiences of sickness and fatalities attributable to blood clotting. The Danes, together with Norway and Iceland, quickly suspended use of the product late final week due to the problems.
Eire has adopted swimsuit, with different European nations together with Germany and France saying the identical determination on Monday.
Astra Zeneca issued a statement Sunday meant to reassure companions and the general public that its vaccine is secure and efficient to make use of.
“A cautious evaluate of all accessible security knowledge of greater than 17 million folks vaccinated within the European Union (EU) and UK with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca has proven no proof of an elevated threat of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia, in any outlined age group, gender, batch or in any specific nation,” the corporate mentioned.
Picture: Somalia Ministry of Well being