Togolese Prime Minister Victoire Sidemeho Tomegah-Dogbe receives her first injection of AstraZeneca vaccine, in Lome, Togo, March 10, 2021. The nationwide immunization started Thursday, which targeted health personnel and people over 50 years, in the capital Lome and its outskirts considered the hardest hit by the pandemic. (Photo by Victor Kelenga/Xinhua)
LOME, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Togolese Prime Minister Victoire Sidemeho Tomegah-Dogbe on Wednesday received first injection of AstraZeneca vaccine, kicking off the COVID-19 immunization campaign in the country.
"I have received my first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and I thus launch the first round of the immunization operation," she declared.
"This is a historic day for our country in our fight against COVID-19 pandemic," Tomegah-Dogbe said, underscoring the reception of the batch of vaccines for the immunization is "another chapter" in the response strategy forged by Togo.
The nationwide immunization will start Thursday, which will target health personnel and people over 50 years, in the capital Lome and its outskirts considered the hardest hit by the pandemic.
The government of Togo on Sunday received the first batch of 156,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX initiative.
So far, Togo has registered 7,680 confirmed COVID-19 cases in total, with 6,460 recoveries and 92 deaths since it reported its first positive COVID-19 case on March 6, 2020.