COVID-19 vaccination in Burundi

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COVID-19 vaccination in Burundi is an ongoing immunisation campaign against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in response to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

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COVID-19 vaccination in Burundi
DateOctober 18, 2021 (2021-10-18)
Cause COVID-19 pandemic

Burundi was one of the last nation states in the world to commence vaccination against COVID-19. [1] This was mostly due to the government's refusal to vaccinate the population throughout most of 2021. In February 2021, Thaddee Ndikumana, the health minister of Burundi, said his country was more concerned with prevention measures. “Since more than 95% of patients are recovering, we estimate that the vaccines are not yet necessary,” local media reported. [2]

In October 2021, however, the Burundian government announced that it had received delivery of 500,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm BIBP vaccine, and announced that it would begin inoculation. [3] Targeted vaccinations subsequently started on 18 October 2021.

Background

History

Timeline

October 2021

Burundi received a Chinese donation of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine on 14 October and launched a targeted vaccination programme on 18 October 2021. [4] By the end of the month 560 vaccine doses had been administered.

Progress

Cumulative vaccinations in Burundi [5]

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References

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