CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinea began vaccinating against COVID-19 using all the Russian Sputnik V vaccine on an experimental basis, beginning with police officers, police said Thursday.
“We asked a little quantity of this vaccine, 55 doses just. This is the start of an arrangement,” Keita said. “Yesterday we vaccinated within this pilot stage 25 senior officers of this nation. You will find 30 doses we will continue together with the vaccination.”
But he said on condition TV Wednesday they also mailed a letter to Russia asking two million doses of Sputnik V to assist the nation’s vulnerable.
Guinea is among the first African countries to vaccinate its officials.
He had been revealed getting the inoculation on federal TV followed by additional Cabinet ministers getting the shots on Wednesday.
“This new vaccine is a powerful sign. This sign indicates the powerful will of the president. Now is a sampling, and also this sampling will probably be replicated,” he explained. “The president needs Guineans to maintain great wellbeing regarding this outbreak.”
Amadou Damaro Camarathe president of the nation’s legislative body, the National Assembly, was also vaccinated.
“We’re the guinea pigs,” he said of getting the initial doses of this vaccine.
“It’s the government’s permanent concern to wish to battle this disease and we are extremely pleased about it,” he explained. “We expect that this vaccination is going to probably be extended to the remaining folks and it will be the start of the eradication of the disease.”
Tibou Camara, Guinea’s industry ministry, also spoke on the tv broadcast after being vaccinated.
“The Guinean population ought to be congratulated and rejoice in a time once the vaccine is coveted and not so available to a lot of nations, which our nation is a beneficiary,” he explained.
Russia has companies in the African American country and Guinea is famous for its bauxite exploration.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to discredit Guinea’s President Alpha Conde afterwards he won a controversial third term in office following a contested election in October.