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Guyana buys $4m of Russian vaccine

Regional 30 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Guyana will roll out its vaccine programme this week

Guyana President Irfaan Ali announced that his government has bought US$4 million worth of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia to roll out a massive inoculation exercise.

He said 200,000 doses of the Russian vaccine would be arriving in Guyana this week, and another 24,000 doses through the COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access (COVAX) mechanism.

“We have established a supply chain; we have established the storage facility. We had meetings with the private sector because we have to bring all the storage capacity together to get this done,” Ali said.

The Health Ministry has already said that from Wednesday, people 40 years and older will be eligible to receive the jab. Government hopes to vaccinate 10,000 people daily.

The President said that the Guyana Defence Force’s Medical Brigade and medical students will be trained to document potential vaccine recipients in collaboration with local government bodies such as Amerindian village and neighbourhood councils.

Dr Ali said while Guyanese are being vaccinated, the Task Force would be enforcing the measures such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.

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