JUBA, 17 June 2021 – More than 16,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in South Sudan, according to health authorities.

It is an insignificant number of people incouldated so far a country of 13 million inhabitants.

South Sudan - Source BBC

South Sudan – Source BBC

Kick-off of Vaccination against COVID-19 - Photo WHO Africa Regional Office

Kick-off of Vaccination against COVID-19 – Photo WHO Africa Regional Office

Last March, Africa’s youngest nation received 132,000 dosese of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility.

Juba also received another consignment of 59,000 doses from the African Union and from the South African telecom giant, MTN.

Sadly, the doses donated by the African Union expired last April 13 before South Sudan had launched its mass vaccination campaign.

The country has donated some of the vaccine doses in danger of expiring soon to neighboring Kenya, where the jabs are in short supply.

A Reverend Sister Attends to a Patient in South Sudan - Photo East Coast Radio

A Reverend Sister Attends to a Patient in South Sudan – Photo East Coast Radio

South Sudan and Malawi Became the First to Destroy Expired Vaccine Doses - Photo Africa News

South Sudan and Malawi Became the First to Destroy Expired Vaccine Doses – Photo Africa News

At the resumption of mass vaccinations in South Sudan on Monday, some 16,509 people were inoculated against the pandemic, according to Dr John Romunu Pasquale, head of preventive health services at the country’s health ministry.

On Monday, Romunu Pasquale explained that COVID-19 mass vaccination campaigns were underway in “all the ten [regional] states and the three administrative areas” of the country for the first time since inoculation programs were launched.

As of Wednesday, South Sudan had confirmed with 115 fatalities from the pandemic, according to the most updated data by the World Health Organization and the Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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