Ethiopia launches Covid vaccination in Addis Ababa
Ethiopia began rolling out the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to health workers on Saturday in the country's capital Addis Ababa.
The launch of the vaccine was attended by the World Health Organization's country representative Boureima Hama Sambo who urged "communities and community leaders to build trust" as well as "demand for the vaccine" and to "promptly" address "misinformation."
The first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccines produced by Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived in Ethiopia on 6 March 2021 through COVAX, which facilitated the procurement and shipment of the vaccines. Subsequent shipments of 5.4 million doses as part of the current global deployment plan are expected to arrive in Ethiopia by May 2021.
Ethiopia aims to vaccinate 20% of the population by the end of 2021.