The government of Cameroon will Saturday, April 17 receive 400,000 doses of the British AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, a senior official of the Ministry of Public Health said.
The British vaccines will come on the heels of the 200,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine which were received on Sunday, April 11, by the country’s Prime Minister, Dr Dion Ngute.
The decision to finally accept the British AstraZeneca vaccine follows several weeks of indecision on whether to accept the vaccine or not due to unfavourable speculations about its efficacy and negative after-effects.
The main negative effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reported to be the coagulation of blood in certain recipients of the vaccine.
After the reports, Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health held consultations with the National Scientific Council which advised that the government wait for the approval of the European Health Council concerning the British vaccine before opting for it.
The European Health Council has since certified that the level of protection against the COVID-19 by the AstraZeneca vaccine is much higher than alleged, arguing that cases of blood clots reported after vaccination are very negligible.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health has announced that vaccination with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will begin Tuesday, April 13, across the country.
The order of vaccination according to the Ministry of Public Health is as follows:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – staff of the Presidency of the Republic led by the Secretary-General at the Presidency Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.
Wednesday, April 14 – Personnel of the National Constitutional Council led by its president Clement Atangana.
Thursday, April 15 – Members of government led by the Prime Minister and Head of Government Dr Dion Ngute.
Friday, April 16 – National police, national gendarmerie and assimilated elite forces led by the Minister of Armed Forces Joseph Beti Assomo.
Saturday, April 17 – Members of diplomatic missions led by the French Ambassador Gilles Guilou.
Sunday, April 18 – Mayors, Prefects, Sub Prefects, Regional and Divisional Delegates led by the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development, Olanga Obam Georges.
Monday, April 19 – Directors of State Corporations and parastatals led by Camille Mouthe.
Tuesday, April 20 – The medical corps led by Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachi (who has since been vaccinated), bishops and another clergy including seminarians.
The first phase of vaccinations ends on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.