The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, received his first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 on Monday.
This comes at a time when efforts to encourage the public to vaccinate
Although the Presidency did not specify the brand of vaccine President Tshisekedi received, it announced that the country had launched Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs.
The head of state, given by First Lady Denise Nyakeru, said: “The vaccine remains the best available solution to fight Covid-19 at the moment. Having lost several relatives to the disease, I can better testify about the devastating effects of the pandemic.” / p>
President Tshisekedi said residents should make every effort to get vaccinated.
As efforts to vaccinate more people continue, many Congolese people have expressed reservations, some say that they don’t believe Covid-19 exists or that it could harm them.
The President was vaccinated during the start of the second phase of Covid vaccination in the country.
The Ministry of Health has stated that the spread of Covid-19 has slowed in the capital, Kinshasa, which was previously considered the epicenter of the disease in DR Congo.
Since the first case was announced, it has been confirmed to have 1,061 people in total died of complications related to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani announced that the country would receive Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccines.