Guinea receives purchase of 300,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

Guinea receives purchase of 300,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

Mass vaccination program for the elderly people, in Bogota
A box with China's SINOVAC vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen during the mass vaccination program for the elderly people at Movistar Arena in Bogota, Colombia, on Mar 9, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez)

CONAKRY: Guinea received on Sunday a shipment of 300,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines purchased from China and is also set to receive a donation of 200,000 Sinopharm shots, Guinean Foreign Minister Ibrahima Khalil Kaba said.

Kaba gave no further details on the Sinopharm donation.

Guinea is reporting 93 new coronavirus infections on average each day, 59 per cent of the peak in March. There have been 21,460 infections and 138 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

The West African country has administered at least 109,296 doses of COVID vaccines so far, according to government data compiled by Reuters.

Assuming every person needs two doses, that's enough to have vaccinated about 0.4per cent of the country's population.

The World Health Organization will decide late this month or in May on emergency use listings for COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac following an extended review, a WHO European region official said on Thursday.

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Source: Reuters