82 year old President of Guinea, Alpha Conde has become the first African Leader to be vaccinated with a Covid 19 jab.
The president received his first dose of a vaccine against the corona-virus, part of a scheme mainly involving government members, a source close to his office said on Saturday. According to sources, President Conde received the vaccine on Friday.
Several other top government officials who have not so far contracted the virus have also been inoculated over the past two weeks, a spokesman for the national health security agency told AFP.
Guinea has so far received 60 doses of Sputnik V, [Sputnik V is the name of the Russia’s Covid vaccine] and authorities intend to inoculate a small number of elderly volunteers first before deciding whether to extend the programme.
”More than 2.5 million vaccine doses are expected before the end of the first quarter,which would be to enable us to inoculate a good number of people, certainly those who want it” said health agency spokesman, Sory Keira, without specifying whether the doses consisted solely of the Russian-developed jab
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The West African country has so far registered more than 14,000 infections and 81 deaths linked to the novel corona-virus including a number of politicians.
It is also learned that, the covax initiative, which ensures COVID-19 vaccines to all countries- was going to deliver the promises doses earlier than expected. WHO and UNICEF now expect delivery within the next two to three weeks.
President Conde won the October election against a backdrop of violence, with dozens killed during clashes between protesters and security forces. Critics accuse him of breaking the country;s constitutional two-term presidential limit.