COVID-19: Rwanda is 1st African country to use Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Rwanda began its COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Friday, becoming the first African country to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. 

The East African country, on Wednesday, received about 103,000 doses of the vaccine at Kigali, its capital city, through the United Nations-led COVAX initiative.

Many countries, including Nigeria, opted for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in place of Pfizer’s over storage convenience.

Rwanda has, so far, received 102,960 and 240,000 doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, respectively.

Meanwhile, as of March 5, the country has recorded over 19,000 COVID-19 cases and 266 deaths.

In a related development, Ghana was the first African country to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX. (TheCableng)

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