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The Government of Rwanda has received a donation of 200,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from Greece through existing cordial relations between both countries’ militaries.
The vaccine doses arrived in Kigali in the morning of Friday 3rd September 2021 onboard the Greek military aircraft.
The vaccines from Greece are an addition to 108,000 Johnson & Johnson doses Rwanda secured yesterday through AVAT initiative.
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, the shipment was received by Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, the Minister of State in charge of Primary Health Care at the Ministry of Health from Alexandros Diakopoulous, the Director-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at the Greece Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Senior officials from both the Rwanda Defence Force and the Greek military were also present at the handover of vaccine doses.
Dr. Mpunga has explained that the donation is a result of fruitful cooperation between both countries’ militaries.
He revealed that received doses will be used to increase the number of vaccine recipients in rural areas as the case for Kigali.
Rwanda is among African countries that have started administering vaccines since March this year starting with people whose line of duty puts them at risk of catching the virus.
On Monday 23rd August 2021, Rwanda started COVID-19 mass vaccination targeting all people aged 18 and above.
The mass vaccination campaign started with Kigali City expected to be extended countrywide later depending on available vaccine doses.
Rwanda plans to vaccinate 30 per cent of the population by the end of 2021 and continues efforts to acquire sufficient doses through direct purchases and other arrangements, to ensure as many Rwandans as possible are protected from COVID-19.
A t least 50% of Kigali City dwellers have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 80 percent received the first dose. Among others, the country targets to vaccinate 60% of the population by June next year.
On Friday 16th July 2021, Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jean Bosco Kazura visited Athens, the capital of Greece to strengthen cooperation.
He was welcomed by Gen Konstantinos Floros, Chief of Defence Staff of the Greek Defence Force in a visit considered a great opportunity to open new horizons in military cooperation.