Rwanda Rolls Out Covid-19 Vaccine Amid Mass Testing Exercise

The government has kicked off the national vaccination programme for Covid-19, starting with healthcare workers as part of the high-risk groups, the health ministry has said. A massive testing exercise has been rolled out for Kigali residents displaying Covid-19 symptoms, as well as the contacts of Covid-19 patients. This exercise is expected to guide the process of easing restrictions and reopening the economy. Rwanda is reportedly targeting to vaccinate 20% of the population in 2021 and eight million people in two years. As of February 15, 2021 Rwanda recorded 17,343 Covid-19 cases, 14,792 recoveries and 239 deaths.

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