The Seychelles has kicked off its vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, making it one of the first African countries to launch such an operation.
President Wavel Ramkalawan received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Seychelles Hospital in Victoria at an event broadcast on live television on Sunday.
“It’s exactly as if I was getting any vaccine,” Ramkalawan said encouraging people to get the injection.
The Island nation received a donation of 50,000 doses of Chinese developed vaccines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The authorities plan to start vaccinating health workers on Monday, and then people aged over 65, followed by distribution to the rest of the population
The plan is to vaccinate 70% of its 98,000 population within two to three months, at a rate of 1,000 per day.
Seychelles is the second African country to commence vaccination campaign after Guinea – which acquired limited doses of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine – last month.
The island nation has recorded 508 cases of Covid-19 and one fatality, but the authorities are worried about a recent surge in cases with at least 57 reported on Saturday alone.