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Somalia Receives Over 300,000 Doses Of Johnson And Johnson Vaccines

Somalia Receives Over 300,000 Doses Of Johnson And Johnson Vaccines

The U.S. has donated 302,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to Somalia to boost the fight against COVID-19 in the Horn of the African nation. The J&J vaccines, donated by the United States, are the first single-dose vaccines to be distributed in Somalia to expand the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the country and enable additional Somalis to be fully vaccinated with one shot. ''The United States is committed to fighting the COVID19 pandemic worldwide. Our donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses to #Somalia is part of our efforts to put an end to the pandemic’s high toll on life and livelihoods throughout Africa,'' U.S. Embassy Mogadishu in Mogadishu said in Twitter post. Last week, Somalia received over 100,000 doses of the Oxford/vaccine AstraZeneca from the French government. Since the outbreak began on March 2020, Somalia has reported a total of 16,175 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 870 deaths as of 13 August 2021. Owing to low vaccination coverage in the country where less than 1% of the country’s population are fully vaccinated, the country faces the dual challenge of improving the uptake amongst its general population as well as to ensure an equitable and predictable supply of COVID-19 vaccines to support an effective rollout of mass vaccination.

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