Entertainment COVID-19: Madagascar welcomes its first vaccines

02:20  09 may  2021
02:20  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Débarquement des vaccins issus du dispositif Covax à Madagascar, le 8 mai 2021. © AFP - Mamyrael Landing of Vaccines from the Covax device in Madagascar, May 8, 2021.

After months of procrastination, Madagascar finally received Saturday 7 May in the morning His first anti-Covid-19 vaccines through the UN COVAX program. It is a first cargo of 250,000 doses of Cuvischield, which was welcomed on the Tarmac at Antananarivo Airport by several United Nations officials, Chancelleries, and members of the Government but without the President of the Republic Andry Rajoelina.

With our correspondent in Antananarivo, Laure Verneau

It is on board a cargo flight Ethiopian Airlines that the doses arrived. 3% of the population will be covered, health workers and people over 70 years priority. Relief for Charlotte Ndiaye, the representative of WHO, the World Health Organization in Madagascar.

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The COVID - 19 immunisation drive is expected to be largest in world history, and that too, within a relatively short time. Gaps may arise, and divisions emerge, as the world is getting "bifurcated" according to their vaccine providers, in an "East vs West" kind of equation. The inactivated vaccine platform (used by Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik V and Bharat Biotech) means they are more "stable", i .e. they don't need super-cooling, and therefore can offer hope for the underdeveloped parts of the world. Chinese, Russian and Indian-made vaccines have proven attractive to lower and middle

14 Vaccines Approved by at Least One Country. Shifa Pharmed Industrial Co COVID - 19 Inactivated Vaccine .

"We will be able to start the vaccination campaign . We are satisfied, we are happy and I remember once again that the Covax mechanism is a mechanism that gives free vaccines. Thus, the most vulnerable people, as the Minister of Health said, can be vaccinated. So it's an important day. For us, every time we introduce a vaccine in a country is to celebrate life, it is saving lives, and we are happy today. It must be said that the government has subscribed only on March 31 at the Covax facility, while the South African variant was wreaking havoc in the country. The executive had so far preferred to put

forward the CVO, a traditional remedy launched by President Andry Rajoelina, a year earlier. Despite the severity of the health crisis, Jean-Louis Rakotovao, the Minister of Public Health, does not deny his strategy. "We see, and it is the study that shows it, that those who have taken the CVO do not make serious shapes. So the vaccine will be complementary to the therapeutic arsenal we have so far.

Still, the President of the Republic, traveling in the south of the country, did not attend the vaccine ceremony.

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