AFGHANISTAN / COVID-19 VACCINATION

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The arrival in Kabul of 468,000 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine marked a milestone moment, as Afghanistan is the first country in central Asia to receive the vaccine via the COVAX – the facility that is set to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021. WHO

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DATELINE: 24 MARCH 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

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24, 25 MARCH 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

1. Various shots, exterior of Polyclinic, Public Health Centre, with people walking by
2. Close up, vial of COVID-19 vaccine in cooler box
3. Various shots, nurse preparing syringe with COVID-19 vaccine
4. Med shot, nurse administering COVID-19 vaccine to Head Teacher at Bakhtar High-School, Golalai Jabarkhail
5. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Golalai Jabarkhail, Head Teacher, Bakhtar High School:
“Our people should consider this vaccine important. They should get the vaccine for their health and to destroy the coronavirus, so that the coronavirus does not exist in any home in Afghanistan. That is why they should get the vaccine, so that our homeland becomes clean of this virus completely.”
6. Med shot, Jabarkhail receiving her COVID-19 vaccine card
7. Various shots, Head Doctor at Hyatt Balkh Hospital, Dr Azizullah Basij, with patient
8. Med shot, Basij arriving for COVID-19 vaccine
9. Med shot, Basij receiving COVID-19 vaccine
10. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dr Azizullah Basij, Head Doctor, Hyatt Balkh Hospital:
“You know that doctors were the front-line soldiers in the pandemic, the first people who were getting infected were doctors. Because I wanted to help my people and to do my duty of faith and conscious, my colleagues and I kept the hospital door open for our people. The experience was horrific. I personally have my vaccination card in my side pocket. I personally, Dr Azizullah Basij, the head doctor of Hayat Balkh Hospital, I just came back from the vaccine program and got vaccinated. I feel safe and happy that this vaccine came for us and I am relieved. When I am relieved, my family is relieved. When my family is relieved, the city is relieved. After the city, the province and finally the country, and then there will be public well-being.”
11. Med shot, nurse filling syringe with COVID-19 vaccine
12. Close up, doctor receiving COVID-19 vaccine.
13. Med shot, clinic staff member filling out COVID-19 vaccination card
14. Med shot, doctor holding his COVID-19 vaccination card
15. Various shots, doctor examine patient
16. Wide shot, doctors speaking outside COVID-19 testing area
17. Med shot, doctor taking temperature of patient
18. Med shot, doctor conducting nasal swab COVID-19 test
19. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dr Atiqullah Ahadi, Head, Central Polyclinic Public Health Centre:
“All citizens must try to go to the health centres if the vaccines are available and get vaccinated without worries. There is nothing to worry about. Also, for those who have been infected by COVID-19, and they are thinking to themselves, ‘I was already infected, and I won’t get vaccinated’, wrong. There is a possibility that they could get infected for a second time. They should get the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent another wave of infections. It will prevent them from getting severely infected.”

25 MARCH 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

20. Wide shot, exterior of Noor-e-Khuda Clinic
21. Med shot, vaccinator at Noor-e-Khuda Clinic, Dina Rashida, preparing COVID-19 vac cine registration papers with her baby
22. Close up, Rashida sanitising her hands
23. Various shots, Rashida filling syringe with COVID-19 vaccine
24. Med shot, Rashida administering COVID-19 vaccine to her healthcare worker colleague
25. Med shot, Rashida handing her colleague a COVID-19 vaccination card
26. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dina Rashida, Vaccinator at Noor-e-Khuda Clinic:
“People often get negative ideas through TV or websites; they are so upset by what they hear. Even those who were ready would not get vaccinated after hearing these rumours. Because of this, even some healthcare personnel are not ready to get vaccinated. They should come. The vaccine is free, and it does not have any problems. There is nothing to worry about.”
27. Wide shot, exterior of Mazar-i-Sharif Regional Hospital with people passing by
28. Various shots, COVID-19 patients being tended to by hospital staff

STORYLINE:

The arrival in Kabul of 468,000 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine marked a milestone moment, as Afghanistan is the first country in central Asia to receive the vaccine via the COVAX – the facility that is set to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.

COVAX shipped the vaccines from the Astra Zeneca Serum Institute of India, in Mumbai. They arrived in the afternoon of Monday March 8, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. In addition to the vaccines, 470,000 syringes and 4,700 safety boxes were also part of the shipment. Healthcare and teachers were the first priority groups.

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Golalai Jabarkhail, Head Teacher, Bakhtar High School:
“Our people should consider this vaccine important. They should get the vaccine for their health and to destroy the coronavirus, so that the coronavirus does not exist in any home in Afghanistan. That is why they should get the vaccine, so that our homeland becomes clean of this virus completely.”

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dr Azizullah Basij, Head Doctor, Hyatt Balkh Hospital:
“You know that doctors were the front-line soldiers in the pandemic, the first people who were getting infected were doctors. Because I wanted to help my people and to do my duty of faith and conscious, my colleagues and I kept the hospital door open for our people. The experience was horrific. I personally have my vaccination card in my side pocket. I personally, Dr Azizullah Basij, the head doctor of Hayat Balkh Hospital, I just came back from the vaccine program and got vaccinated. I feel safe and happy that this vaccine came for us and I am relieved. When I am relieved, my family is relieved. When my family is relieved, the city is relieved. After the city, the province and finally the country, and then there will be public well-being.”

For several months, COVAX partners have been supporting governments and partners in readiness efforts, in preparation for this moment. They have been especially active in working with some of the world’s poorest countries: those that will benefit from the Advance Market Commitment (AMC), an innovative financial mechanism to help secure global and equitable access for COVID-19 vaccines. This includes assisting with the development of national vaccination plans, support for cold chain infrastructure, as well as stockpiling of half a billion syringes and safety boxes for their disposal, masks, gloves, and other equipment to ensure that there is enough equipment for health workers to start vaccinating priority groups as soon as possible.

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dr Atiqullah Ahadi, Head, Central Polyclinic Public Health Centre:
“All citizens must try to go to the health centres if the vaccines are available and get vaccinated without worries. There is nothing to worry about. Also, for those who have been infected by COVID-19, and they are thinking to themselves, ‘I was already infected, and I won’t get vaccinated’, wrong. There is a possibility that they could get infected for a second time. They should get the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent another wave of infections. It will prevent them from getting severely infected.”

COVAX has built a diverse portfolio of vaccines suitable for a range of settings and populations and is on track to meet its goal of delivering at least 2 billion doses of vaccine to participating countries around the globe in 2021, including at least 1.3 billion donor-funded doses to the 92 lower-income COVAX Facility participants supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC.

SOUNDBITE (Dari) Dina Rashida, Vaccinator at Noor-e-Khuda Clinic:
“People often get negative ideas through TV or websites; they are so upset by what they hear. Even those who were ready would not get vaccinated after hearing these rumours. Because of this, even some healthcare personnel are not ready to get vaccinated. They should come. The vaccine is free, and it does not have any problems. There is nothing to worry about.”

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) – working in partnership with UNICEF as the key implementing partner, as well as civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others.
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