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President Farmajo gets COVID-19 jab

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farma has been vaccinated against Covid-19, the presidency said on Tuesday.

Photo of the 59-year-old head of state receiving the vaccine in Villa Somalia was posted on the official Twitter account of the Somali presidency.

“H.E President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo received Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine injection at State House earlier today,” Villa Somalia said in the post. “The President led as an example as the government & partners seek to save many lives by protecting frontline workers, elderly & patients with chronic conditions.”

The country’s health ministry has today officially started the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for frontline health workers.

On Monday, Somalia received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine to fights against the global pandemic that has claimed over 360 lives.

Health Minister Fazwia Abikar and UN envoy in Somalia James Swan both of whom received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Mogadishu hailed the arrival of the drug but warned against letting down guard.

According to Dr. Fawzia, health workers will be the first to be vaccinated followed by the elderly and other vulnerable members of society.

Overall, Somalia is targeting the first three million people for the vaccine.

The AstraZeneca jab, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, was provided under the Covax initiative which is working to facilitate vaccine access for poorer countries.

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