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Rwanda will acquire a first batch of one million vaccines against Covid-19 next February. The Director General of the Rwandan Biomedical Center (RBC) who made the announcement yesterday Thursday, specifies that his country must still acquire two other types of vaccines (AstraZeneca and Moderna). “We are ready to receive and properly administer AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines using the already existing supply chain,” said Dr Nsanzimana. According to him, there is hope that Rwanda will be among the first countries in Africa to receive them. Among the main beneficiaries are the high risk population and essential workers. Rwanda is currently part of the Covax Alliance, a global initiative that aims to ensure rapid and affordable doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for member countries, once the vaccine becomes available. The government plans to mobilize a total budget of $ 15 million for the acquisition of doses of the vaccine as soon as it becomes available next month. According to Dr Tharcisse Mpunga, the Minister of State responsible for primary health care, the first phase will consist of vaccinating 30% of the population.

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