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Gabon Elaborates National Vaccination Plan, Awaits COVID-19 Vaccines

Five days after President Ali Bongo Ondimba called on his government to elaborate a national vaccination plan, the country’s Ministry of Health and the Pilot Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus (COPIL) have gone to work mapping out the said national vaccination plan.

During the first session of the meeting on Tuesday, Dr Patrick Obiang Ndong, the Minister of Health, said they were working on a “realistic vaccination plan capable of standing up to the challenges during the whole 2021 year”.

According to the Minister of Health, the ambition is to “respond as quickly as possible to the instructions of the head of state who on December 31, 2020, during the presentation of wishes to the nation, demanded that Gabonese should be the first in Africa to benefit from the vaccine against the COVID-19”.

The minister insisted on the efficacy of the plan which he wants to put in place within the coming weeks and months and harped on “a realistic application plan within 12 months encompassing aspects of communication and sensitization towards the population”.

To achieve this plan, the Gabonese state counts on the support of its different development partners among whom are the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) with which it intends to work in close collaboration during the course of the process.

It is envisaged that within the next few days, technicians of the Ministry of Health, those of the Pilot Committee for the Fight Against the Coronavirus (COPIL) as well as international organisations called upon for assistance would reflect on the best way of vaccinating the population.

The result of their reflections would be contained in a report to be submitted to head of state President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

A roadmap for the vaccination against Covid-19 in Gabon had already been elaborated on December 7, 2020.

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