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Rwanda Will Benefit From Covid-19 Vaccine- British High Commission

by Daniel Sabiiti
3:34 pm

Bhavik Shah (left) washing hands at Kigarama Market

The British High Commission in Rwanda has pledged its continued support to Rwandans access the vaccines as part of its contribution in the fight against the new coronavirus globally.

This commitment was made by Bhavik Shah, the Commission’s Political Attache in Kigali, who said that Britain has invested billions of pounds in the global fight against the virus and will not rest until everyone is safe.

With the availability of samples of Covid19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, the United Kingdom is one of the countries that started this Tuesday to vaccinate its citizens.

“We have been the first country to start vaccinating citizens but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who needs the vaccines gets it, and we will make sure Rwanda is among these countries,” Shah said.

Shah said that his government is working with the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) to produce sufficient doses of the vaccine that can be availed to other countries worldwide.

On behalf on the British Government, Shah commended Rwanda for its outstanding efforts in fighting and preventing Covid-19 which he said is an example to all that the Commission will continue to back.

Shah was on Wednesday visiting citizens of Kigarama sector, Kicukiro district who have been supported by the British High Commission to combat Covid-19 through a local organization- Grassroot Development Organization (GDO).

At the event, Shah unveiled new handwashing equipment and personal protection equipment worth Rwf15million that will be used by Kigarama market who were at one point put under a strict lockdown due to Covid-19 cases.

Judith Karigirwa, the Kigarama market manager said that as vendors continue to learn how to prevent Covid-19, availability of sufficient sanitary equipment will enhance their ability to stay safe.

Yassin Sibomana, the GDO representative said that the support will help the community to be resilient and will work with the Commission to expand similar services to other areas in the city of Kigali.

As of Wednesday, the ministry of health announced that the total cases of infections is 6,278; with 5,715 recoveries and 53 deaths since March 2020.

The number of tests have also increased from an average of 1,000 to 3,000 per day to reaching 654, 322 tests in total.

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