Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi on Tuesday received the first jab of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after Somaliland approved it for emergency use and began efforts to vaccine thousands of people in the Horn of Africa country.
After Bihi, top political parties and ministry officials were vaccinated, as well as the speaker of the Somaliland lower house of representatives, Bashe Mohammed Farah.
The President promised the nation that the government is in the process of assessing how many more of the vaccines the nation would need.
“The Ministry of Health Development is tasked to estimate how many more doses of the vaccine we will need to cover the nation. It is incumbent on the government to find the resources to cover the deficit,” President Bihi said.
The Republic of Somaliland received 65 000 dozes of the vaccine on the 16th of this month from WHO which, controversially, channeled the supply through Mogadishu of Somalia.
Nationwide, Somaliland is going through one of the worst phases of the pandemic since its outbreak in 2019.
For reasons not adequately explained, the Ministry of Health is intentionally underestimating fatalities. Throughout the Somaliland regions and districts, unprecedented deaths are being reported on social media. Places like El Afwein, Erigavo, Burao, Berbera, and Las Anod are reporting alarming numbers and increased deaths. Most of these deaths, according to reports, were precipitated by the absence of oxygen and health services that are neither equipped nor trained to cope with the decimating onslaught of the disease.
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