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People in Seychelles start to receive China’s COVID-19 vaccines
People in Seychelles start to receive China’s COVID-19 vaccines, becoming the first African country to receive the n COVID-19 vaccine.
(Observer News) According to a report from the Seychelles News Agency on the 10th, the Republic of Seychelles became the first country in Africa to carry out COVID-19 vaccination.
On the morning of the 10th local time, major political leaders and health workers in Seychelles, including President Ram Karawang, were successively vaccinated with the COVID-19 pneumonia vaccine produced by China National Pharmaceutical Group (SinoPharm).
The Office of the President of Seychelles said on the same day that starting from January 11, the Ministry of Health of the country will start with medical staff and other front-line workers to promote the COVID-19 vaccination nationwide. It is planned to be approximately 70% within 2 to 3 months. % Of the population completed the vaccination.
According to data from the Seychelles Ministry of Health, as of January 10, Seychelles had reported a total of 531 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and one death. This African archipelago country in the Indian Ocean has a population of just over 98,000.
The President of Seychelles vaccinates the national medicine vaccine, the picture is from the Seychelles government website
On the morning of the 10th, Seychelles President Ram Karawang was vaccinated with Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine in a local hospital, becoming the first head of state in Africa to receive the vaccine. Subsequently, the former president and vice president of Seychelles, several government officials, and health workers also completed vaccination.
At a press conference held afterwards, Ram Karawang announced that the country has officially launched a large-scale vaccination to slow the spread of the virus. The initial goal was to spread the vaccine to 25,000 people, with medical staff being the first priority.
Previously, Ramkarawang promised in last year’s presidential campaign that if the first batch of 25,000 vaccinations is completed, in the next 2 to 3 months, “Seychelles will become the world’s first with 70% of the population ( 18 years and older) countries that have completed vaccination”.
Ramkarawang’s office mentioned in a statement issued on the 10th that Seychelles has received 50,000 vaccines from the UAE and the UAE will also donate 20,000 vaccines of other brands in the next few days. Ram Karawang expressed his thanks for this.
In addition, 100,000 pieces of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University donated by India will arrive in Seychelles at the end of January.
The Seychelles Ministry of Health also stated that vaccination is a key step in the country’s response to the epidemic. The Minister of Health said: “We know that vaccines will break the chain of transmission and there is no other way. In the Ministry of Health’s plan, vaccination is necessary to control the spread of the virus.”
(source:internet, reference only)