SOMALIA / FIRST BATCH COVID-19 VACCINES

15-Mar-2021 00:03:27
Somalia has joined the growing list of countries to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, under the COVAX initiative which aims to ensure fair and equitable access of all nations to the vaccine. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / FIRST BATCH COVID-19 VACCINES
TRT: 3:27
SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 15 MARCH 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
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15 MARCH 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, A marshaller directs the plane carrying the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia, at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu.
2. Wide shot, Plane carrying the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia arrives at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu.
3. Wide shot, A marshaller directs the plane carrying the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia.
4. Med shot, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and Somalia’s Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, wait to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia, at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu.
5. Med shot, Airport ground staff load a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines onto a waiting truck at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu.
6. Wide shot, Airport ground staff load the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines onto a truck at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu.
7. Med shot, the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines loaded onto a truck at Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“We encourage people to take the vaccine. We encourage people to continue with all possible preventive measures – hand washing, mask-wearing, social distancing. COVID is still a serious threat. We need to stay vigilant. The vaccine will help, but it is not the only solution.”
9. Wide shot, The UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, the Acting WHO Representative in Somalia, Dr. Sindani Sebit Ireneaus, Somalia's Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and other guests attend the ceremony to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia.
10. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, Federal Minister of Health, Somalia:
"After tireless efforts, we have managed to receive the first batch of the vaccine and we are expecting to receive more. I want to commend the efforts of the health workers across Somalia for the efforts and saving lives. May Allah grant paradise to those who have died."
11. Close up, UN staff display printed sheets of paper with logos of the international agencies supporting the COVAX Facility, which include the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

FILE - MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

12. Med shot, Archival footage of UN staff visiting De Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
13. Med shot, Archival footage of mother and child at De Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
14. Med shot, Archival footage of health care workers wearing COVID-19 protective gear at De Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.
15. Med shot, Archival footage of health care workers taking a patient's details at De Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.

15 MARCH 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdelmoula, Deputy Special Representative of The Secretary General for Somalia and Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, United Nations:
“We would like to renew our commitment to the Somali communities that the UN stands by them firmly and will continue this effort. Today is just the beginning of the vaccination campaign. The entire UN family is working closely with the Government and the Federal Member States to ensure a safe, equitable and swift delivery and roll out of the vaccine.”

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17. Close up, Archival footage of medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Mogadishu, Somalia
18. Close up, Archival footage of a medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Mogadishu, Somalia
19. Med shot, Archival footage of a medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Mogadishu, Somalia
20. Med shot, Archival footage of a medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory
21. Med shot, Archival footage of a medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Mogadishu, Somalia
22. Close up, Archival footage a medical worker analysing a sample, at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory in Mogadishu, Somalia

15 MARCH 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

23. SOUNDBITE (English) Jesper Moller, Deputy Country Representative for Somalia, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“It marks a very important beginning of the rollout of vaccines in Somalia. And it allows us to now reach critical frontline workers across Somalia to ensure that services can be continued to reach children and women across Somalia.”

FILE - MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

24. Wide shot, Archival footage of World Health Organisation (WHO) Polio Eradication Officer, addressing mothers at Hamar-Jajab Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia
25. Close up, Archival footage of World Health Organisation (WHO) Polio Eradication Officer, holding a child vaccination card at Hamar-Jajab Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia
26. Med shot, Archival footage of a health worker drawing a vaccine from a vial at Hamar-Jajab Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia
27. Close up, Archival footage a health worker vaccinating a child at Hamar-Jajab Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia

15 MARCH 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

28. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sindani Sebit Ireneaus, Acting Representative in Somalia, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This first delivery is aimed at vaccinating the frontline workers. It is very important because our health personnel in this country are the ones that are exposed to the patients.”
29. Med shot, The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, Somalia's Federal Minister of Health, Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, and the Acting WHO Representative in Somalia, Dr. Sindani Sebit Ireneaus, attend the ceremony to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines for Somalia
STORYLINE
Somalia has joined the growing list of countries to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, under the COVAX initiative which aims to ensure fair and equitable access of all nations to the vaccine.

A consignment of 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived today (15 Mar) at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu, and was received in the presence of high-level officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and the United Nations in Somalia.

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, hailed the Somali authorities for their sustained efforts to combat COVID-19 and pledged the world body’s continuing support to roll out a nationwide vaccination campaign to contain the spread of the pandemic.

This first batch of vaccines targets, as recommended by the COVID-19 National Task Force, the country’s frontline workers, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions, in an effort to reduce deaths and infections.

Somalia's Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Fawziya Abikar Nur, noted that vaccination is an effective intervention to halt the spread of COVID-19, and pledged that the doses would reach the intended beneficiaries.

"After tireless efforts, we have managed to receive the first batch of the vaccine and we are expecting to receive more.” Dr. Fawziya said. "I would like to thank all the UN family for the tremendous work with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Member State Ministries of Health."

The first vaccines arrive precisely a year after Somalia detected its first COVID-19 case, in March 2020. To date, the country has recorded 8,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 349 deaths.

Overall, Somalia has secured enough vaccines from the COVAX initiative to vaccinate at least 20 per cent of its population, in phases. The Federal Government of Somalia is currently assessing ways to provide vaccines for more people.

The Ministry of Health will build on its extensive, long experience in conducting mass vaccination drives, educate the public in order to gain their support and raise awareness about the value and effectiveness of the vaccine, and utilize existing cold chain supply systems to distribute the vaccines.

Social mobilizers will be deployed to communities to encourage use of the COVID-19 vaccine. While it is recognized that the vaccines have helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is also important to reinforce the preventive measures.

“We encourage people to take the vaccine,” Special Representative Swan said. “We encourage people to continue with all possible preventive measures – hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing. COVID is still a serious threat. We need to stay vigilant. The vaccine will help, but it is not the only solution.”

The COVAX initiative is supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
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