Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Begins in Afghanistan

Kabul: The Healthy Ministry on Friday announced that the Afghanistan government has started administering COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens above the age of 18.

Designated health centers in all 34 provinces have started vaccinating citizens with the Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs, according to the ministry.
A spokesperson said that healthcare workers, teachers, public sector employees, nomads, and people above the age of 50 remain the priority for getting the vaccine shot.

He added that the country expects 1.5 million vaccine doses in the coming months from the COVAX facility, a global initiative aimed at delivering vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Afghanistan started its first vaccinations toward the end of March and plans to cover at least 60% of the population by 2022.

Owing to limited resources, the country with 39 million people has only conducted close to 3,80,000 COVID-19 tests to date. The positive case count in Afghanistan currently stands at around 57,700, including over 2,500 deaths.

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