SOMALIA / FRANCE COVID-19 VACCINE

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On Sunday (08 Aug), 108,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine arrived in Somalia. The vaccines were donated by the Government of France through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in continued efforts to protect Somalia’s population from COVID-19. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / FRANCE COVID-19 VACCINE
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 AUGUST 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, a plane with the vaccines landing
2. Close up, Ahmed Hussein Moalim Deputy Minister of Health, Somalia, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF Somalia Representative and Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik
The Representative to Somalia of the Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)
3. Wide shot, other UNICEF and WHO staff
4. Med shot, plane taxing
5. Med shot, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF Somalia Representative and Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO
6. Wide shot, plane parked waiting to offload the vaccines
7. Med shot, he vaccines being offloaded
8. Close up, COVAX sign
9. Med shot, a team offloading the vaccines
10. Wide shot, Deputy Minister Ahmed Hussein Moalim, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF and Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO looking at the vaccines
11. Close up, Deputy Minister Ahmed Hussein Moalim
12. Med shot,Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO talking to Deputy Minister Ahmed Hussein Moalim and Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF
13. Close up, Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO
14. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Ahmed Hussein Moalim Deputy Minister of Health, Somalia:
“We have received here at the airport 108, 000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines donated by France and we thank them as well as the European countries for their support to the Somali people.”
15. Med shot, Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO talking to Deputy Minister Ahmed Hussein Moalim and Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF looking at the boxes of vaccines
16. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Ahmed Hussein Moalim Deputy Minister of Health, Somalia:
“We will do our best to make sure these doses are distributed equitably. The vaccines will made available in major hospitals in Mogadishu in order to ease the vaccines transportation and storage,”
17. Med shot, Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik of WHO talking to Deputy Minister Ahmed Hussein Moalim and Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF talking
18. Med shot, boxes of vaccines
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya UNICEF Somalia Representative:
“I am here this morning with his Excellency the Deputy Minister of Health and also my colleague the WHO representative in Somalia to receive 108, 000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, a donation from France to Somalia. We are very excited about this as it is coming really at the right moment and we need more people to be vaccinated and with doses we are going to be able to vaccinate more people on the ground especially the health workers who are in the frontline. This is part of a COVAX facility and we really appreciate that this is coming at this time because indeed it is part of the what we have been talking about the vaccine equity.”
20. Wide shot, UN staff taking photos on mobile phones
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, UNICEF Somalia Representative:
“We really want to thank and appreciate this donation. There is another one coming in two weeks’ time from France and that will also help us foster the vaccination rates in Somalia. We are going to work together with the Ministry and WHO to make sure that these vaccines are used as quickly as possible and we call upon the people to make themselves available to receive them as we go forward during the following few weeks and months,”
22. Wide shot, offloading vaccines
23. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, Representative to Somalia of the Office of the World Health Organization (WHO):
“On behalf of the World Health Organization, I thank the government of France and the people of France for this wonderful gift to the people of Somalia. These vaccines have come at a time when they are suffering from supply constraints in this country. Am sure the vaccines are safe, vaccines are effective. I urge all Somali people to take vaccines whenever an opportunity comes. These vaccines will help us for an equitable distribution and equitable access for increasing the uptake of vaccines in this country. Am sure if we can end the pandemic by using these vaccines effectively we can end the pandemic from everywhere.”

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On Sunday (08 Aug), 108,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine arrived in Somalia. The vaccines were donated by the Government of France through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in continued efforts to protect Somalia’s population from COVID-19.

“The Government of France is committed, along with the EU and COVAX partners, to help Somalia bolster vaccination efforts so that additional frontline workers and other highrisk populations in Somalia can be protected from COVID-19,” said Aline Kuster-Menager, the French Ambassador to Somalia. “This donation is part of a global effort from France: President Macron has pledged to give 60 million doses of the vaccine before the end of 2021. This is a global pandemic and France is committed to ensuring the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world. If we are to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have to work together.”

Since the outbreak began on March 2020, Somalia has reported a total of 15,735 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 837 deaths as of 24 July 2021. Owing to low vaccination coverage in the country where less than 1.8 per cent of the country’s population are fully vaccinated, the country faces the dual challenge of improving the uptake amongst its general population as well as to ensure an equitable and predictable supply of COVID-19 vaccines to support an effective rollout of mass vaccination.

“The arrival of this new batch of COVID-19 vaccines comes at a critical time, as cases in Somalia are on the rise,” said HE Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Health and Human Services. “The only way to stop the spread of the virus is to get the population vaccinated. We are grateful for this latest donation from the Government of France and I call on all those eligible to get vaccinated.”

Somalia will continue to prioritize frontline health and other essential workers, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions in this next phase of the roll out of the vaccine. To date, an estimated 186,094 people in Somalia have received their first dose of the vaccine and 92,792 have received their second.

“We appreciate the commitment of the French Government to ensure the equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccines by providing much needed doses to Somalia,” said Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Somalia Representative. “This timely support will be critical in increasing the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19, particularly the health workers so they can continue to provide essential health care for Somali children and their families.” WHO and UNICEF will continue to support the Ministry of Health to ensure the safe and equitable distribution of the vaccines through the management of cold chain systems and in the training of vaccinators and the monitoring of vaccine utilization. Efforts will also continue to promote the safety and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“If we can end the pandemic in Somalia, we can end it everywhere. The country’s fragile health system, high number of its population, especially the high-risk people, still to be vaccinated can make the virus more transmissible and we risk emergence of a new variant of the virus in the country if we cannot roll out the vaccination programme against COVID19 with speed and scale. The vaccines against the COVID-19 are remarkably safe and effective. These are our only hopes to end the pandemic from Somalia and elsewhere,” said Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative to Somalia. “We remain thankful to the Government of France for their kind support in providing these vaccines for the people of Somalia.”
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