Rwandan President, Paul Kagame has received COVID-19 jab, becoming the first East African leader to be vaccinated.
According to the presidency, Paul Kagame and the first lady, Jeannette Kagame were vaccinated at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali.
“As part of the ongoing nationwide vaccination rollout that has seen more than 230,000 people vaccinated, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame received their #COVID-19 vaccines at King Faisal Hospital”.
Edson Rwagasore, Epidemic Surveillance Response Division Manager at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre told Anadolu Agency, “President Kagame receiving the COVID-19 shot set a good example to Rwandans. It is very crucial at this point when some people, due to little knowledge perhaps, doubt the importance of the vaccine in combating the coronavirus”.
“In terms of awareness, it is a reassurance about the vaccine’s safety for people who still believe in rumors about it”.
Last week, after receiving AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer jabs from COVAX, Rwanda launched her inoculation program and vaccinated over 230,000 people; health personnel, frontline workers, 65 years and above and people with comorbidities.