Published: Mon, February 15, 2021
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Over 90% of medical frontliners have taken COVID-19 vaccine

Over 90% of medical frontliners have taken COVID-19 vaccine

The Government of Rwanda has kicked off the national vaccination programme for Covid-19, starting with health care staff as part of the high-risk groups, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, February 14.

"Securing large quantities of vaccines in this way amounts to countries placing widespread vaccination of their own populations ahead of the vaccination of health-care workers and high-risk populations in poorer countries", said co-author Mark Jit from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

It comes as ministers said the United Kingdom was on track to meet its pledge of offering a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups by Monday.

The province says all residents of long-term care homes have had an opportunity to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Indigenous adults in northern, remote and higher-risk communities, including on-reserve and urban communities.

Adults 80 years of age and older.

Health-care workers who the Ministry of Health as categorized as "high priority", such as staff in mental health and addictions services, and sexual health clinics.

Only two COVID-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines produced in Europe, are approved for use in Canada and both companies have come up short in their recent shipments to the country.

Based on available sales figures, the authors said that rich nations representing 16 percent of the global population had already secured 70 percent of vaccine doses - enough to inoculate every one of their owns citizen several times over.

Earlier this week, the state government also began vaccinating COVID-19 frontline warriors, including police personnel, home guards, civic employees, staffers of revenue and panchayat departments, the official added.

In Ontario, an estimated 467,626 doses have been administered and 174,643 people are now fully vaccinated.

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