Senegal will begin its Covid-19 vaccination program this week after receiving a donation of 200,000 doses of Sinopharm from China.
The West African state plans to vaccinate about 100,000 health and other workers at the front in the first round starting Wednesday, Health Ministry spokesman Mamadou Ndiaye said by phone from Dakar on Sunday. Older people and those with chronic conditions will follow, Ndiaye said. The country wants to apply as many as 3.5 million vaccinations in the first round.
More than 32,000 infections and more than 4,900 deaths have been reported in Senegal since the virus first appeared, the health ministry said in a statement posted on its Twitter account on Sunday. The country’s population is about 17 million.
Senegal is also negotiating with Russia and India, among other things, to procure additional doses of the vaccine to achieve its goal of vaccinating as many as 90% of the targeted 3.5 million people by the end of 2021. The country expects to receive 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc through the Covax vaccine exchange plant in the first week of March, Ndiaye said.