Senegal launches vaccination campaign with China's Sinopharm

Senegal has launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the capital, and the health minister was the first one to receive a jab of China's Sinopharm vaccine

“This day is a historic day” Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said after getting the injection.

The health minister also announced that Senegal is negotiating with Russia to buy the Sputnik V vaccine. In March, the country is also expecting to get nearly 1.3 million vaccine doses through the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative.

As a gesture of “solidarity,” the minister said Senegal will share 10% of the 200,000 Sinopharm doses with neighboring countries Gambia and Guinea Bissau.

"Senegal is one of seven countries -among the 54 countries of the African continent- to start the vaccination against COVID-19, the minister said.

As of Tuesday, Senegal, a country of 16 million, has registered more than 33,000 cases of COVID-19 and 814 deaths, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.