EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-Gambian President Adama Barrow will on Wednesday begin to roll out the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the presidency has said.
“His Excellency, President Adama Barrow will launch a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as the fight against the pandemic intensifies around the world, and notably in The Gambia,” Amie Bojang-Sissoho, Director of Press and Public Relations said in a statement.
The event that will take place at the State House will kickstart the nation’s first COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign.
The move comes barely a week after the arrival of Gambia’s first shipment of 36,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility. 37,500 syringes and 375 safety boxes were shipped ahead of the arrival of the vaccines.
The AstraZeneca vaccines were shipped by UNICEF on behalf of COVAX, from the Serum Institute of India (SII).
The Gambia will officially join other African countries that have received and rolled out the COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility.
COVAX is a global initiative co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside key implementing partner UNICEF, working to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.
As a show of solidarity, senegal has also donated 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to The Gambia.
Last month, Senegalese President Macky Sall, offered 20,000 doses of a Chinese-made vaccine to show “solidarity” with his “neighbours” in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau after securing 200,000 doses from China.
President Sall last Thursday sent a special delegation to The Gambia to deliver the vaccines to President Adama Barrow.