Juba, 26 March, 2021 / 12:43 pm (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has called upon the government of the East-Central African nation to permit national doctors and scientists examine the COVID-19 vaccine, which landed into the country Thursday, March 25.
In an interview with ACI Africa following the reception of 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Juba International Airport (JIA), Archbishop Stephen Ameyu said, “The vaccine is welcomed but the people in South Sudan need to know what kind of vaccine we are really importing into the country.”
“I would really ask the government to be careful in getting some vaccines from outside. Our scientists in South Sudan should not trust anybody; the government should let our local doctors examine this vaccine and prove that it is a true vaccine,” Archbishop Ameyu said in the Thursday, March 25 interview.
The South Sudanese Archbishop noted that global pharmaceutical companies have produced varying COVID-19 vaccines, underscoring the need to examine the type that had landed inside the country.
“It is important to know the vaccine brought to us since I don’t know what vaccine we are receiving,” he reiterated, adding, “We the people of the Church are ready to accept any vaccine as a means of protecting lives but we would like to know which type of vaccine has been brought to the country because we Africans must not be experiments of those vaccines.”