On July 12, 2021, the Minister of Public Health (MINSANTE) warned that a third wave could start in Cameroon in November 2021, if care is not taken. “We are continually reminding the population not to be neglectful as it was the case previously. They should respect restrictive measures and most importantly get vaccinated because it is the surest way for us to resist a potential third wave that we are not hoping for but which could happen in Cameroon,” he said on the state-owned radio.
Currently, 81,467 positive cases have been recorded in the country, representing 1,377 new cases within one month. Over the same period, 28 deaths were recorded, increasing the number of deaths related to the pandemic in Cameroon to 1,338. Officially, 220,776 residents have already taken the first Covid jab. However, only 27,975 have shown up for the second jab although the government is reminding that getting vaccinated is the best way out of the pandemic.
To ensure an important portion of the population is vaccinated, the government launched an intensive vaccination campaign on July 7, 2021. The campaign was supposed to end on July 11, but it has been extended.
In the framework of the vaccination campaign, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) announces the upcoming arrival of 65,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Presently, the 122,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine and 50,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines are still available but in the Far North, there is a vaccine shortage, we learn.