The Democratic Republic of Congo has joined the list of African countries to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility.
On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, more than 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at the country’s capital, Kinshasa.
This makes the first shipment of the 6.9 million vaccines allocated to D.R. Congo through COVAX, an alliance comprising the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, (the Vaccine Alliance), UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The arrival of the vaccines is a step towards ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
Their delivery is part of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The vaccines in the DRC are part of a first wave of supplies that will continue over the next few weeks.
The DRC is one of the first African countries to receive doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.