Somalia obtained its first cargo of the Oxford Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday, simply as different nations – notably 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 supplied by way of the worldwide COVAX program and destined for frontline well being employees, elders and folks with underlying medical circumstances. That’s consistent with tips set by Somalia’s COVID-19 Nationwide Process Drive.
“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines occurs at a crucial time as Somalia is now experiencing a brand new wave of the epidemic,” stated well being minister Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur. “It may well solely be contained if all international locations stand collectively, Somalia included.”
Somalia will have the ability to vaccinate the primary 20 % of its inhabitants in levels, however now the Oxford Astra Zeneca product has come underneath fireplace 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 issues.
Eire has adopted swimsuit, with different European nations together with Germany and France asserting the identical choice on Monday.
Astra Zeneca issued a statement Sunday meant to reassure companions and the general public that its vaccine is protected and efficient to make use of.
“A cautious evaluate of all out there security information of greater than 17 million individuals 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 stated.
Picture: Somalia Ministry of Well being