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South Sudan now a COVAX member, says MOH

By Chany Ninrew

The government through the Ministry of Health has submitted part one of its applications for a place in the global alliance COVAX as a way of getting the virus vaccines to vulnerable populations in the quickest way possible.

COVAX is one of the three pillars of access to COVID-19 tools which was launched in April by the World Health Organization, the European Commission and France as part of the efforts to ensure that people in all corners of the world  get equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, regardless of their social status.

In their weekly press briefing on the situation of coronavirus pandemic in the country, Director General for Preventive Health Service at the Ministry of Health Dr. John Rumunu told the media that the decision was reached at due to the urgent need to get the vaccines to specific targets like people of old age, people with underlying conditions and the IDPs.  

“I am happy to mention that South Sudan is now part of COVAX alliance,” announced Dr. Rumunu.

Meanwhile, the health expert explained that for a country to become a member of COVAX, it must apply in two parts and South Sudan according to him, has already submitted part one confirming participation in COVAX facility. He added that what remains is part two which is just completion of the application.

“In the application we have already indicated that the first target is vulnerable population, health workers, IDPs, elderly people, teachers, persons with underlying factors especially diabetes and HIV, and also the economically active population,” Rumunu said.

He however added that South Sudan will complete her part two application as soon as the New Year holidays end.

The coronavirus pandemic is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus which causes illness in humans.

The disease spreads from person to person through infected air droplets projected through sneezing or coughing. It can also be transmitted when people have physical contact with hands or surface that contain the virus and touch their eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands.

WHO recommends that the best preventive practices are thorough hand washing with soap and clean water, covering cough, staying at home and social distancing.

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