Around 16,000 people in South Sudan have been vaccinated against COVID-19 despite logistical and financial challenges.
John Rumunu, director-general for preventive health services in the Ministry of Health said that a total of 15,518 and 991 people respectively have received their first and second COVID jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccines since April 6 when the campaign started.
Rumunu told journalists on Sunday in Juba that this milestone has been realized after extending vaccination to the ten states and three administrative areas of Pibor, Abyei and Ruweng.
He urged the public to continue adhering to the preventive measures on COVID-19 like hand washing, sanitizing, social distancing and wearing of face masks.
On March 25, Juba received 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.
The ministry of health has confirmed 10,751 COVID-19 cases, 10,514 recoveries and 115 deaths as of Sunday.
South Sudan registered its first COVID-19 case on April 5, 2020. Enditem