BAMAKO, 6 March 2021 – Mali and Uganda on Friday received their first consignments of COVAX-donated COVID-19 vaccine doses, officials in both countries confirmed Saturday.

Mali received some 396,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday.

First COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries to Mali - Photo ReliefWeb

COVAX-Sourced COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arrive Mali – Photo ReliefWeb

Uganda Receives First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses - Photo Xinhua

Uganda’s First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses – Photo Xinhua

According to Malian authorities, just over 8 million doses are expected by the end of March, and the country’s vaccination campaign is set to start in April.

Uganda received 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday.

In both Mali and Uganda, the first doses will be used to vaccinate people with underlying health conditions, healthcare workers, security personnel, teachers, and other essential social service providers.

Mali’s consignment was supported financially by contributions, among others, from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the World Bank, the country’s officials told reporters last January.

Jabs Are Finally Going into African Arms - Photo BBC

Jabs Are Finally Going into African Arms – Photo BBC

Uganda’s health ministry has said it will administer the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks apart despite studies showing that a gap of 12 weeks leads to higher efficacy.

As of Saturday, Uganda had confirmed 40,426 COVID-19 cases with 334 deaths.

Mali has confirmed 8,470 COVID-19 cases with 357 fatalities and 6,424 full recoveries as of Saturday, 6 March 2021.

Africa-wide, over 3.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across the continent, with more than 3.5 million full recoveries and over 105,000 deaths.

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