As Gabon continues its mass vaccination programme to attain its objective of vaccinating at least 50 per cent of the population, the country has received 10,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
The consignment of vaccines was handed over to the National Pharmaceutical Office on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 for conservation, while the national vaccination committee is expected to give further information on when the vaccine would be used.
“These new vaccines would help us to attain this objective,” Dr Guy-Patrick Obiang, Minister of Health, declared during a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that “the number of new contaminations, active cases, persons hospitalised and the number of deaths is in net regression.”
Dr Obiang said the fact that there has been a reduction in the number of infections and deaths did not signify the end of the pandemic, adding that the epidemiological context remains complex especially with an unpredictable virus which imposes the respect of safety measures.
“It is true that the incidence of the virus is progressively reducing but it continues to actively circulate within the community. This is why it is necessary to get vaccinated,” the minister advised.
“To get vaccinated is to regain freedom,” the minister declared, revealing that there has been a strong concentration of people at vaccination centres to get vaccinated in all the provinces of Gabon.
He revealed that the daily number of people presenting themselves for vaccination has spiked from 400 to 1,000, adding that the authorities envisage opening of more vaccination centres throughout the country to meet with the increasing demands from people to be vaccinated.
“To this day, the number of persons vaccinated is above 20,000. Of the 24,264 persons who voluntarily presented themselves to be vaccinated, 23,260 persons have received their first dose and 10,331 have received the second dose. Our objective is to vaccinate 50 per cent of the Gabonese population,” Dr Obiang revealed.
“That is why we recommend once again that every person eligible for vaccination should get himself or herself vaccinated,” the minister concluded.
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