SOUTH Sudan received its first dose of coronavirus vaccines on Thursday.
A total of 132,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca shots are the first of many shipments to the country through Covax, an initiative to secure Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries.
Health Minister Elizabeth Achuei said the country is expecting a total of some 800,000 doses in the first half of 2021 through Covax.
“I am a happy woman today, and I truly thank God that we have received the Covid-19 vaccines for our people,” Achuei said.
“The Covid-19 vaccines will help us protect our population against Covid-19 infection and prepare for a return to normal life,” she added.
South Sudan plans to eventually procure five million doses of vaccines, enough to protect 20% of its population, estimated at 12 million people before the epidemic.
Vaccination will be voluntary and free.
The country has so far recorded almost 10,000 coronavirus cases and 107 deaths.