The announcement was made by the minister responsible for health early last weekend. The small nation of East Africa which remains skeptical of vaccines that its authorities deem not yet approved by the WHO (World Health Organization) says it expects very soon at least two million nine hundred thousand doses.
Doctor Thaddée Ndikumana indicated that the first doses will be available thanks to support from the World Bank and China, unwavering support from the Burundian government. “We have already put in place a national strategy that we have submitted to the World Bank. She promised us two million four hundred thousand doses. Everything is in order on our side, the process is underway […]. The Chinese have promised us five hundred thousand doses, ”he said in a program in synergy on the management of the pandemic, organized by around twenty local media.
And to qualify, “What I can tell Burundians is that the vaccine prevents but it is one weapon among many that helps protect against Covid-19. If the vaccines get here, we will give them to those who want them, but they must understand that this is one of the remedies to fight the Coronavirus. “
The Burundian minister in charge of health said that “we will promote the vaccine when the WHO has approved this or that other vaccine, otherwise you can see that everyone is groping so far. Even those European countries that talk about health passes for traveling or going to bars and restaurants, they require both the vaccine and the Covid-19 tests ”.
Out of more than 18,000 people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since March 2020, Minister Ndikumana suggests that only 0.08% of patients have died. He also believes that the observation of preventive measures against the pandemic has contributed to the reduction of diseases of dirty hands, especially in the Imbo plain (western Burundi) and in boarding schools.
Burundi and Eritrea remain the two African countries that have not yet vaccinated their populations. The Burundian authorities who had stopped trivializing the disease with the accession of President Évariste Ndayishimiye to power in June 2020 unlike his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza who said that “our country has been purified of impure air by the Holy Spirit” are accused in recent months to conceal the statistics on positive Covid-19 cases and deaths.