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Senegal seeking vaccines beyond WHO-backed COVAX scheme

Senegal seeking vaccines beyond WHO-backed COVAX scheme

SENEGAL is trying to acquire coronavirus vaccines to complement those it will get through the World Health Organization-backed global COVAX scheme, Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr has told reporters. Senegalese President Macky Sall this week announced a state of emergency to deal with a surge in infections. Senegalese President Macky Sall Unlike Europe, the United States and China, where large-scale vaccination campaigns are underway, most African countries have so far been unable to secure vaccine supply deals with drug companies. That has left some of the world's poorest countries relying on the COVAX alliance, which says it has reached agreements…
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Senegal in talks to buy vaccine from China

Senegal in talks to buy vaccine from China

SENEGAL is in talks to buy at least 200,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr has announced. Senegal this month said it would buy extra vaccines to complement those it will get through the World Health Organization-backed COVAX scheme, which aims to deliver 1.3 billion doses this year to 92 low- and middle-income nations. A deal with Sinopharm could help Senegal start vaccinations before COVAX kicks in, a small boost for a country where cases this month have surged to record highs and intensive care beds are full. But it would cover…
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Senegal begins vaccinating

Senegal begins vaccinating

DIADE BA and NGOUDA DIONE SENEGAL began its coronavirus vaccination campaign yesterday, with 200,000 doses that it purchased from China's Sinopharm, which it received last week. The first shots were given to government ministers and health workers at the health ministry in the capital, Dakar. The West African country is one of the first in the region to start vaccinating its population against COVID-19. It has so far recorded 33,242 cases and 832 deaths from the disease. "We are going to continue so that all the Senegalese who must be vaccinated can be," said Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr in…
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