The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Monday.
The country postponed the exercise last last month over fears elsewhere regarding the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The country received its first doses of AstraZeneca on 3 March and has now reassured the public that the doses are safe for use.
“Priority will be given to health personnel, people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and basic social personnel, that is to say those who are in constant contact with the public,” said Health Minister Eteni Longondo.
Some countries had halted the use of AstraZeneca vaccine after studies in South Africa questioned its efficacy on the variant that is dominant in the country.
South Africa sold the doses it had acquired and prioritised use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but it paused its vaccination campaign last week after the US suspended its rollout because of a suspected link to rare blood clots.