DAKAR, 18 February 2021 – Senegal has received its first 200,000 doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm, officials in the capital, Dakar, said Wednesday.

The elderly, healthcare workers and persons with underlying health conditions will be prioritized in the inoculation program Senegal is launching.

Senegal - Source World Atlas

Senegal – Source World Atlas

Senegalese President Macky Sall

President Macky Sall

Senegalese President Macky Sall said his government bought the vaccines in order to avoid the long wait before receipt of the first doses from the COVAX initiative put in place by the World Health Organization.

The west African country plans to secure another 6.5 million doses, according to Sall.

Senegal has recorded 31,771 cases of COVID-19 with 769 deaths and 26,095 full recoveries from the virus as of Thursday, 18 February 2021.

The country has maintained restrictions, including a nighttime curfew (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) in the hardest-hit towns, notably the capital, Dakar, and in the city of Thies, situated to the east of Dakar.

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