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Madagascar joins the COVID-19 vaccine COVAX programme

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Recent discussions between Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina and members of Madagascar's National Academy of Medicine have resulted in the decision to have the nation officially join the WHO-led COVAX programme in a move to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Madagascar’s population.

This decision however will not affect the ongoing distribution of the local and internationally controversial anti-coronavirus remedy COVID Organics (CVO).

Madagascar is one of the last countries on the continent to launch a vaccination campaign. 

The Malagasy government will now have to take the challenge of orchestration with newly-decided large scale operation -- in particular the logistics of putting in place the cold chain essential for the conservation of the vaccines.

Madagascar joins forces with COVAX. Good news and a step forward!

The Malagasy National Academy of Medicine recommends kicking off the campaign with health care workers.

Madagascar reports 24,426 confirmed COVID- 19 cases with 418 deaths and almost 21,908 recoveries.

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