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COVID-19; Rwanda Recieves First Batch Of Vaccines

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The Rwanda government has announced the arrival of its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UN-backed Covax distribution initiative which it will use to immunise people identified as priority risk groups.

The health authority say the country received 240,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with 102,960 doses of Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive later in the day.

The ministry said doses of the two vaccines would be used to immunise a total of 171,480 starting from Friday.

Rwanda expects to receive the total of 1,098,960 doses of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

Our target is to vaccinate 30% of our population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022,” Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said.

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