Tanzania gets more Covid-19 vaccines

Tanzania gets more Covid-19 vaccines

TANZANIA has received over 1.6 million additional Pfizer BioNTech vaccine doses donated by the US government under the global COVAX vaccine sharing initiative.

The move intends to further help the country to boost the drive to vaccinate its people against the COVID 19 pandemic.

The country has a mission to vaccinate at least 60 percent of its 60-million population.

Dar es Salaam Regional Medical Officer, Dr Rashid Mfaume, received the donation from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Office Director, Ananthy Thambinayagam during a ceremony held at Julius Nyerere International Airport on Wednesday.

A press statement made available to the media said that as part of its efforts to end the pandemic globally, the US government has thus far donated over 4.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Tanzania.

 The US shipped more than one million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in July 2021 and 3.5 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine arrived into the country in three installments between November and January.

Such a move has enabled Tanzania to mount the fight by launching its countrywide second integrated and fast plan for combating the Covid-19 pandemic campaign at the end of December, last year.

 "These donations are indicative of the US government's strong partnership and commitment to the Tanzanian people and our shared interest in defeating COVID-19 together," noted the statement.

In December, the US government shipped over 1.6 million Covid-19 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to Tanzania to further support the country's efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19.

America's support for the global fight against Covid-19 includes donating 365 million vaccine doses to other countries, purchasing one billion vaccine doses and donating to nearly 100 developing countries, and contributing $4 billion to Gavi.

The list also included to the Vaccine Alliance in support of COVAX, the global initiative to equitably distribute safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, and delivering essential medicines, supplies and therapeutics, as well as other assistance to help countries rebuild economies, overcome food shortages, and strengthen health security.

US President Joe Biden has pledged that the US will be the world's arsenal of vaccines in the shared fight against Covid-19.

"We will continue to do all we can to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease," President Biden said earlier this year.

"Through the campaign we intend to vaccinate around 80,000 and 100,000 individuals daily from its previous campaign target of 20,000 to 40,000 people," Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Prof Abel Makubi, said at the official launch of the vaccination campaign in Arusha, yesterday.

While launching the second integrated campaign, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Prof Abel Makubi, said the program will be scaled top-down through the coordination of leaders in the regions, councils, streets, villages, and hamlets level to bring the service closer.

Based on this, he said each region will need to inoculate at least 4,000 and 5,000 individuals on a daily basis, giving room for the country to arrive at the anticipated 60 per cent target.

In strengthening the vaccination drive, he said they had increased the number of vaccination centres from the previous 6,784 up to around 8,000 centres.

The move will also involve allocating different vaccination points around the streets as well as moving from house to house to raise awareness on the advantages of the vaccines.

In addition to receiving the vaccine, the PS noted that, an individual will be able to access other diagnostic services, including cervical cancer, blood pressure, diabetes among other non-communicable diseases, and get advice with regard to their conditions free of charge.

Prof Makubi observed that the first phase of the campaign, which was held in September 2021, proved a success as it made it possible for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to be completed within the set timeframe.



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