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Seychelles begins vaccination drive

The Seychelles has begun its immunisation programme, with the aim of being the first country in the world to vaccinate 70 per cent of its over-18 population.

Seychelles President, H E Wavel Ramkalawan, has taken his first dose of the vaccine, making him the first Head of State in Africa to receive the jab.

50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine were donated by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates, which has also begun a mass, free-of-charge immunisation programme. A further 100,000 doses of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca drug have been donated by the Indian Government, due to arrive in the Seychelles at the end of January.

Sylvestre Radegonde, Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, commented:

“The COVID-19 immunization campaign is an important milestone for the restart of our tourism industry as the country balances its efforts to maintain its tourism activities and protect its population from further spread of the virus.

“The world has not come to a standstill and there are people who are still keen to travel. We need to fast rebuild our industry for our economic prosperity depends on it.”