The Borneo Post (Sabah)

DR Congo to launch Covid vaccinatio­n drive


The DR Congo will kick off a Covid vaccinatio­n drive next week, the government said Wednesday, despite persistent public wariness over potential side effects from the drugs.

People will start receiving shots across the vast central African country from Monday, Interior Minister Gilbert Kankonde said on state television. Anti-Covid vaccinatio­n is a sensitive issue in the DR Congo, where conspiracy theories air widely on social media.

“Vaccinatio­n will be voluntary, and preference will be given to healthcare staff, vulnerable people with chronic illnesses and all those who are highly exposed (to the virus) while carrying out their work,” Kankonde said.

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