CONAKRY, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – Guinea will begin vaccinating children ages 12-17 against COVID-19 on Wednesday with a shipment of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the health ministry said.
Most African countries have depended on the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative for dose-sharing and have vaccinated only a small fraction of their populations.
Guinea received a quantity of the Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech and Moderna (MRNA.O) vaccines in late October and early November, the National Agency for Health Security said in a statement. It didn’t say how many doses were received or from where.
The country previously received 194,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the global COVAX initiative, supplementing that with vaccines purchased and donated from China. read more
Guinea has so far administered at least 2,276,474 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, enough to have fully vaccinated about 9% of the population, according to government data collected by Reuters.
The death toll in Guinea from the pandemic stands at 387 and there have been 30,709 cases, according to government figures.
Written by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Angus MacSwan
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