Ethiopia has launched administering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to health workers on Saturday in the country’s capital Addis Ababa.
The launch of the vaccine was attended by the World Health Organization’s country representative Boureima Hama Sambo who called on “communities and community leaders to build trust” as well as “demand for the vaccine”.
Sambo urged the communities due to the distrust citizens have built against the vaccine.
One of the citizens, Sami Berhan, who expressed his fears said, “I don’t believe in this vaccine. The virus is a sign of Gods wrath upon us, so I prefer to pray,” He added that he would not take the vaccine even if it is offered to him free of charge.
Ethiopia has over 172,500 cases of the coronavirus and 2,510 reported deaths according to data from Johns Hopkins University
Ethiopia aims to vaccinate 20% of the population by the end of 2021.