The president of the European Council Charles Michel together with the Secretary General of International Organization of French speaking Countries, Louise Mushikiwabo on Sunday graced a COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Busegera, as Rwanda continues its mass inoculation drive.
In presence also was Madam Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Member of the European Parliament accompanied by Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Dr Daniel Ngamije and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Vincent Biruta.
Michel, Mushikiwabo and Chrysoula Zacharopoulou joined high-ranking officials from Rwanda at Mayange Health Center where health officials administered the jabs.
Rwanda is one of the countries that have so far received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative.
The COVAX initiative has also facilitated the delivery of vaccines to other African countries, including Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Uganda.
Rwanda’s mass vaccination drive has given priority to healthcare workers, essential workers and elderly citizens.
By Sunday, the country had reported 19,509 confirmed infections with 267 deaths.
According to Rwanda’s health ministry, nearly 160,000 Rwanda citizens have been inoculated so far.
Health minister Daniel Ngamije said earlier this week that the government is aiming to vaccinate 60 percent of the country’s population by 2022.