Senegal launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the capital, Dakar, where the Health Minister was the first one to receive a jab of the Sinopharm vaccine
DAKAR, Senegal — Senegal launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign Tuesday in the capital, Dakar, where the Health Minister received the first jab of the Sinopharm vaccine.
“This day is a historic day” said Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, Senegal’s Health Minister after getting the injection.
As a gesture of “solidarity,” the minister said Senegal will share 10% of the 200,000 Sinopharm doses with neighboring countries Gambia and Guinea Bissau.
“Senegal is one of seven countries -among the 54 countries of the African continent- to start the vaccination against COVID-19, the minister said.
As of Tuesday, Senegal, a country of 16 million, has registered more than 33,000 cases of COVID-19 and 814 deaths, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.