Sudan receives over 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination from France
KHARTOUM, 27 Aug 2021 – Sudan received a shipment of 218,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a donation from France. The vaccines were delivered with UNICEF’s support through COVAX facility, a coalition co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI, the Global Vaccines Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), that ensures equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to countries regardless of their income. We are thankful to the Government of France for this generous donation.
Over 800,000 people in Sudan including health workers were vaccinated since March 2021 with the first COVAX shipment and other donations. The majority have taken only one dose, and this shipment will contribute to an increase in the number of people who are fully vaccinated, which is required to alter the spread of the infection.
The vaccinations come at a critical time as the infection numbers are climbing while the country is preparing to re-open schools after three years of numerous interruptions.
UNICEF is working with the Government to safely re-open the schools through providing hygiene support and masks and by promoting the vaccination of teachers.
UNICEF is working with the Government of Sudan, WHO, COVAX and other partners to rollout the vaccines to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Sudan expects more doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming quarter to reach more people before the end of the year.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child and is committed to the children of Sudan. We never give up on finding solutions that provide immediate help to save the lives of children or provide durable support so that those children grow up with dignity, health and an education.
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