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    Rwanda Plans to Offer Free COVID-19 vaccination

    The Rwandan government plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccination to citizens after the country receives the vaccine next year, Randan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said Friday.

    "We will start with health personnel because they are part of people at high risk of being infected, people with comorbidity as well as elderly 65 years and above. These are the groups that are priority for getting the vaccine at zero cost," Ngamije said in an interview with public broadcaster Rwanda Television.

    The health ministry is working to ensure it is ready to receive the vaccine when it is rolled out and the first batch of the vaccine could be received around March 2021, said Ngamije.

    While forecasting a good acceptance of the vaccination among citizens, the minister said the government is mobilizing resources that will facilitate vaccination coverage to gradually increase from 20 percent to 60 percent.

    Rwanda late Friday reported 79 new COVID-19 cases and 37 fresh recoveries, bringing its national caseload to 6,428 and recoveries to 5,826, with a total of 54 deaths.

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