Senegal Launches Vaccination Campaign
Dakar, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Several Senegalese ministers and civil-society figures received Covid-19 jabs in a televised ceremony on Tuesday, giving a high-profile push to the start of a nationwide vaccination campaign.
A nurse injected Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr first during the outdoor ceremony in the seaside capital Dakar.
Senegal plans to target health workers and people over the age of 60 with co-existing diseases first in its own campaign.
In addition to its Chinese-made vaccines, the country is also set to receive Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs through its participation in COVAX, a global scheme to distribute coronavirus vaccines to poor countries.
However, Senegalese President Macky Sall told French radio in an interview broadcast on Tuesday that he expected "traditional partners, particularly the G7 countries, to share vaccines".
He also said that he had raised the "pressing demands of Africa" with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron, for his part, last week urged the West to supply 13 million vaccine doses to the continent as soon as possible, so that African governments can immunise health workers.