The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin a nationwide vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 on Monday, April 19, the government said.
The decision was taken Tuesday, April 13, during a meeting of the Presidential Task Force Against the COVID-19 led by President Felix Tshisekedi.
The Presidential Task Force revealed that doses of the British AstraZeneca vaccine were already available in the country and assured citizens that the British vaccine presents no inconvenience.
The country’s outgoing Minister of Interior had said the vaccination would be voluntary and priority would be given to health personnel, vulnerable persons living with chronic health conditions, and all persons exposed to high risks in the discharge of their duties.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force at the meeting decided to change the curfew hours to run from 10 p.m. CAT to 4 a.m. CAT as against the previous hours of 9 p.m. CAT to 5 a.m. CAT.
The Task Force has also completely lifted the curfew in provinces where the number of COVID-19 infections is low.
Since the arrival of the coronavirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 10, 2020, the country has registered 28,665 infections with 25,841 successfully treated and 745 deaths.