US News Covid-19: Senegal launches its vaccination and provides doses to its neighbors

18:17  23 february  2021
18:17  23 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Covid-19: Italy blocks the export of AstraZeneca vaccines to Australia

 Covid-19: Italy blocks the export of AstraZeneca vaccines to Australia © Supplied by Le Parisien Le Parisien This is a major first for the EU. Italy has blocked the export to Australia of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine produced on European soil, the Italian government said Thursday. Rome communicated its decision on February 26 to the European Commission, which did not object. The Foreign Office said in a statement that the refusal to export involved 250,700 doses from the Swedish-British laboratory.

Le ministre sénégalais de la Santé, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, vacciné contre le Covid-19, le 23 février 2021 © Seyllou The Senegalese Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, vaccinated against Covid-19, February 23, 2021

Senegal launched on Tuesday its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 thanks to the recent acquisition of 200,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, 10% of which were made available to two of its neighbors, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia, observed AFP journalists.

By a mild temperature, fifteen prominent personalities received their first dose of vaccine in the gardens of the Ministry of Health, during a ceremony punctuated with applause and broadcast live on television.

Drawing her syringes from a small blue refrigerated box, a nurse first administered the vaccine to the Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr.

Ebola. The doses of vaccines arrive in Guinea and will be administered from Tuesday

 Ebola. The doses of vaccines arrive in Guinea and will be administered from Tuesday © CARL DE SOUZA / AFP The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans by infected animals. More than 11,000 doses of Ebola hemorrhagic fever vaccine arrived in Guinea on Monday evening to begin vaccination on Tuesday. More than 11,000 doses of vaccine against Ebola hemorrhagic fever arrived Monday evening by plane in Guinea to begin vaccination on Tuesday after the reappearance of the disease in this West African country, noted a AFP correspondent.

To "overcome the reluctance of some", according to the minister, she then did the same with the Minister of Women Ndèye Saly Diop Dieng, the former television icon El Hadji Mansour Mbaye or even the star infectious disease specialist Moussa Seydi.

"10% of our batch of 200,000 doses was made available to Guinea Bissau and The Gambia" as a sign of "solidarity", that is to say "10,000 doses for each of the two neighboring countries", revealed Mr. Sarr.

"I'm going to get vaccinated immediately," President Macky Sall told RFI on Tuesday, however, hinting that he would not require a privilege.

The Sinopharm vaccine, which claims to be 79% effective, has already been used in several African countries (Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea), but Senegal is the first in the west of the continent to launch its campaign, which aims first and foremost the 20,000 or so health workers and the elderly.

Coronavirus: Is the European resolution on optional vaccination binding?

 Coronavirus: Is the European resolution on optional vaccination binding? This text, adopted at the end of January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning vaccination against Covid-19, is at the heart of an online debate © ALLILI MOURAD / SIPA The vaccine, the Covid-19 and Europe (illustration).

The country has been facing an increase in Covid cases since the end of November and has recorded a total of more than 33,000 positive cases and more than 800 deaths. Eighteen new deaths were announced Tuesday, a record since the start of the epidemic.

Senegal also expects to receive doses through the Covax initiative, led by WHO, and is in talks with other countries, including Russia, according to Macky Sall.

The Senegalese president also affirmed to have insisted with Emmanuel Macron on the "pressing demands of Africa", which "expects from its traditional partners, in particular of the G7 countries, that the vaccines are shared".

The French president proposed last Friday that Europe and the United States deliver "as quickly as possible" 13 million doses of vaccines to Africa so that the continent can vaccinate its 6.5 million caregivers.

mrb-lal / siu / sba

Covid-19: Côte d'Ivoire launches its vaccination campaign .
© REUTERS - LUC GNAGO The Secretary General of the Presidency Patrick Achi, representing Alassane Ouattara, was the first to have his arm stung on March 1 2021. More than 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been received as part of the Covax initiative. This campaign will be carried out in several stages with the ultimate goal of vaccinating more than five million Ivorians.

usr: 0
This is interesting!