20,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to arrive tomorrow

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Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony has announced that 20,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine will arrive in the country tomorrow.

This is a donation from the Government of China.

“The Sinopharm vaccine is 79.4% efficacious and this is going to be a very good vaccine to help us to immunize our frontline workers,” the Health Minister said today.

Meanwhile, some 80,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be donated by the Indian Government, will arrive in the country by March 8.

Guyana has already received 3000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of Barbados. These doses have already been used to immunize the country’s frontline healthcare workers.

“We will make sure we have enough booster dose, so that when we administer the first dose, we’ll have saved the second dose for those who need to get a second dose,” Dr Anthony explained.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister said the Guyana Government is also expecting confirmation from COVAX on the arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines under that mechanism.

He noted that, by the end of this week, the country should have enough vaccines to go beyond the healthcare workers. In addition to frontline workers, the priority group of persons to benefit from the vaccine are the elderly and those with comorbidities.