158,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been received at the Nsimalen International Airport in Yaounde, making Cameroon one of the first African countries to acquire the vaccine manufactured in South Africa.
The vaccines are being supplied to African Union member countries through a coordinated platform. The Director of the Central African Bureau of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Antonio Pedro, said Cameroon is one of the first countries to meet the conditions “I would like to congratulate Cameroon for being among the first countries that have met all the conditions to start acquiring the vaccines through the Africa Vaccination Task Scheme.
“We’ve been meeting for months now, first to underscore the importance of facilitating access to vaccines. As you know there are vaccines in several qualities across the world, especially for Africa.
“We didn’t have the manufacturing capacity until recently. So we’ve been organizing these discussions with the Ministries of Finance and Health with other stakeholders with the view of finding solutions to facilitating the acquisition of these vaccines” Antonio Pedro said.
Out of the 203 million COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide, Cameroon has over 80,000 cases so far with about 1334 deaths. The new doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine come to reinforce the fight against the coronavirus in Cameroon.