Guinean President Alpha Condé, 82, has received a first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, as part of a pilot phase from which members of the government have so far benefited.
As AFP reports, the President of the Republic of Guinea was administered a dose of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, on January 15.
The National Health Security Agency said several members of the government, “those who have not already contracted the virus”, had been vaccinated in the past two weeks. The Minister of Defense, Mohamed Diané, a scientist by training, was the first to receive on December 30 the vaccine developed by the Russian National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleïa.
Guinea, a West African country, has obtained 60 doses of Sputnik V. It will initially vaccinate a small number of volunteers of a certain age, AFP explained. After this pilot phase, as they announced at the end of December, the Guinean authorities will decide whether or not to extend the vaccination.
“More than 2.5 million doses of vaccines are expected before the end of the first quarter of 2021, which will allow the ANSS to vaccinate a good number of people, those who want it of course”, also assured the Agency. national health security system, without specifying whether these were only doses of the Russian vaccine.
Guinea has declared more than 14,000 contaminations and 81 deaths linked to the new coronavirus. Several political figures have succumbed.
The health crisis coincided with months of political crisis caused by the candidacy of President Alpha Condé, since re-elected, for a third consecutive term. Human rights defenders accused the power of using the pandemic pretext to quell the protest, which the authorities denied.
Guinea had been severely affected by hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus, which had killed 2,500 people there between the end of 2013 and 2016.