Macron’s office statement said that enough vaccines have now been purchased through AVAT to enable the vaccination of 400 million people in Africa – a third of the continent’s population – by September 2022, at a cost of $3 billion.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization said, on Monday, that the Republic of Congo has received more than 300,000 vaccine doses from the United States, which is its first vaccine dose under Kovacs.
The agency’s African branch said on Twitter that the donation amounted to 302,400 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Congo, also called Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from its much larger neighbor the Democratic Republic of the Congo, began vaccinations in April using the Chinese formula Sinopharm and Russian Sputnik.
But uptake of these vaccines has been very low, and hesitation or skepticism about the vaccine has spread. As of mid-August, less than 2% of the eligible population in the Congo had been vaccinated.
On August 15, President Denis Sassou Nguesso issued an appeal for the public to vaccinate, saying that herd immunity was the “only way to safety” in the fight against the pandemic.