#COVID19: 138,880 Gabonese Vaccinated, 74 Stopped From Travelling

Of this number, 78 per cent are men and 5.8 per cent are people aged above 60, falling short of vaccination plans.

As of Monday, Nov. 8, 138,880 Gabonese have been vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the countryā€™s Committee for the Fight Against COVID-19 (COPIL), the percentage of persons who have received the complete doses of the vaccines now stands at 10.36 per centĀ  while 13.68 per cent have received the first doses of the vaccines.

This is a far cry from the 50 per cent targeted when the national vaccination campaigns were launched seven months ago.

Among those vaccinated, the majority of whom are from the Estuaire province, 107,715 are men, 8,002 of whom are aged above 60 years, 7,306 are hypertensive and 2,229 are diabetic patients.

Meanwhile, 74 persons were stopped from travelling out of the country and internally from the Leon Mba international airport, the Mole seaport in Libreville, and the railway station of Owendo by the COPIL mixed brigade.

Those affected were holders of either fake vaccination cards or falsified PCR test results indicating they tested negative whereas they actually tested positive for the COVID-19.

Among the 74 persons stopped from travelling, 17 were intercepted at airports, 33 at the seaport and 24 at the Owendo railway station.

COPIL revealed that between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1, 5,205 travellers were recorded, with 3,963 arriving by air.

Gabonā€™s current COVID-19 situation stands at 36,174 positive cases recorded and 254 deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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