Rwanda: $51 million for the purchase of vaccines
Rwanda has earmarked a budget of 50 billion Rwandan francs ($51.2 million) to buy vaccines against the new coronavirus for the benefit of more than 7.8 million people by 2022, Health Minister Daniel Ngamije announced.
The government will spend at least two-thirds of this budget, as some vaccines are expected to arrive as donations or via COVAX, a UN-led mechanism that aims to provide equitable access to vaccines to the poorest countries, he told RTV.
AstraZeneca/Oxford, the first batch acquired through the COVAX scheme. More than 102,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were due to arrive shortly thereafter.
The government said it was in discussions with several partners, including international organisations and foreign governments, to acquire additional doses of the vaccine.
“We intend to buy affordable but effective vaccines that are at least 80% effective,” Ngamije said.
As of Wednesday, Rwanda had recorded a total of 19,198 cases of infection, with 17,569 recoveries and 265 deaths.