200,000 doses of SINOVAC vaccines received

Monday, 26 April 2021 05:22
200,000 doses of SINOVAC vaccines received

(Togo First) - Togo received last Friday 200,000 doses of China’s SINOVAC vaccines against Covid-19. This happened in the presence of the Togolese minister of health, Moustafa Mijiyawa, and China’s ambassador Chao Weidong. The vaccines arrive only a few days after the government proceeded to the strategic reorganization of its vaccination campaign across the country. The supply will cover 100,000 people who will each get two shots.

The SINOVAC vaccine was made in Chinese laboratories Sinopham and Sinovac. Tested by the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), it has demonstrated efficacy and safety against Covid-19 in patients showing symptoms. Also, experts from Brazil estimated that it has an effectiveness rate of 50% for preventing infection, and 80% for avoiding medical intervention in infected individuals - even if there is no sufficient data concerning old people and those suffering from other diseases.  

It should be reminded that Togo expects to receive three million vaccine shots by August 2021. The country also recently received 45,000 AstraZeneca doses. 

Daniel Agbenonwossi (intern)

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