Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches over 1.2mln People in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Over 1.2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ethiopia as of Wednesday evening, ministry of health announced.

The first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccines produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived in East African nation on 6 March 2021 through COVAX, which facilitated the procurement and shipment of the vaccines

A week after, ministry of health begun a national vaccination campaign which initially targeted frontline health workers and vulnerable groups.

To date,  about 1, 215, 935 people have been vaccined, the Ministry said in its daily Covid-19 report.

Additional shipments of 5.4 million doses as part of the current global deployment plan are expected to arrive in Ethiopia by May 2021.

Health officials aims to vaccinate 20% of the population by the end of 2021.

They believe the vaccine provides an effective tool to end the acute phase of the pandemic but repeatedly urges the public to continue adhering to public health measures to stop the spread of the virus to achieve the best possible outcome controlling the pandemic.

More Infections reported

Today’s Covid-19 report shows the country has registered 785 new Covid-19 more cases, after conducting 5, 733 medical tests in the past twenty-four hours.

The report also claims a further 23 people have lost their lives due to COVID-related complications in the same period, pushing the national death toll to 3, 795.

Currently, 777 severely sick Covid-19 patients are receiving medical treatment in intensive care units, says the report that puts the number of confirmed active cases at 52, 934.

In the past 24-hours, health officials reported 729 patients have recuperated from the deadly respiratory illness, taking the national recovery count to 203, 408.

Ethiopia confirmed its first coronavirus infection on March 13, 2020. Since then, the country has identified a total of 260, 139 infections after conducting nearly 2.6mln medical tests. Both tallies are among the highest in Africa.