The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on August 2 the provision of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) of an envelope of approximately 406,000,000 FCFA (700,000 dollars) to finance the deployment of vaccines against Covid-19 and strengthen Senegal's response to this pandemic, African media reported.
These funds will allow Unicef to strengthen the cold chain in Senegal, in order to guarantee the safe distribution and delivery of vaccines, including those provided by the Covax initiative, throughout the country, notes the African News Agency (APA) citing a statement from the American Embassy in Dakar.
According to the same source, the funds will also be used to support the government’s efforts to encourage the use of safe and effective vaccines and the continued application of protective measures in communities. This USAID support to Unicef should be added as a complement to the donations made by the Covax system, underlines the APA recalling that this support comes at a time when Senegal is experiencing, since the end of May 2021. , a new upsurge in Covid-19 cases.
Thanks to USAID support, Unicef will be able to continue acquiring essential equipment for transporting vaccines, including cold boxes, ice bins and vaccine carriers, the note continued. It will also be able to strengthen communication in the field of public health through the general public media and social networks. These funds will help the government and partners fight disinformation and boost efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19.
During the month of July 2021, the United States provided more than 300,000 single doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Senegal through Covax, in coordination with the African Union, finally recalls the APA. Senegal has registered 63,520 cases of Covid-19 to date, including 1,385 deaths.
Health authorities alerted at the end of the week to the preponderance of cases caused by the new Delta variant. Source Anadolu Agency