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Burundi launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign. COVID-19 vaccine campaign is in the works in Burkina

Burundi launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign. COVID-19 vaccine campaign is in the works in Burkina

Burundi on Monday delivered its first COVID-19 vaccines, months after most African countries, the latest step in the East African nation's move towards a more active approach to containing the pandemic. BUJUMBURA, Oct 18, Buruni, October 18, released its own COVD19 vaccine months before most Africa'.

In Bujumbura, the commercial capital of the country, a vaccination campaign began without incident. Dozens of city residents waited quietly at a vaccination site, telling Reuters they learned of the initiative through word of mouth.

No government officials were present to officially open the launch.

Blaise, 30, had to take the vaccine because he had a trip coming up and, of course, wished to protect himself. People's fears are unfounded. I am reassured by the fact that I was with a doctor when I got it."

The jabs administered Monday were part of a Chinese donation of 500 000 Sinopharm doses.

The health ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Burundi, a country of about 11,5 million people, has reported 14 COVID-19 deaths and more than 19,300 positive cases. The United States has only provided sporadic statistics on the spread of the virus in the last 18 months.

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi's former president, downplayed the severity of the virus, failed to take significant measures to curb its spread, and even resigned the World Health Organization'' national lead.

President Evariste Ndayishimiye, who will take office in June 2020 after Nkurunziza's death, promised a more proactive approach in combatting the virus.

Eritrea is the only African country to have yet to start vaccinations for its people, according to the start of the campaign.

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