Turkey is set to donate 100,000 doses of the Chinese SINOVAC vaccine to Gabon, Osman Ahad Gun, Charge d’Affaires at the Turkish Embassy in Gabon said.
Ahad Gun disclosed this at a meeting to discuss when and how the vaccines would be made available to the government of Gabon.
The meeting was held on Thursday, Jan. 13, in Libreville, between the Gabonese Minister of Health, Guy-Patrick Obiang Ndong, and Ahad Gun.
According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the discussions were held some weeks after the third Africa-Turkey summit in Istanbul and permitted the two officials to review the conclusions of the summit.
They also discussed the support of the Turkish government to African countries within the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic such as the supply of drugs and medical equipment as well as vaccines through the reinforcement of the stocks of SINOVAC vaccines.
“The Minister of Health and his visitor agreed on the supply of the first lot of 100,000 doses of SINOVAC which is administered in two doses,” the communique revealed.
Validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adapted for countries with limited resources, the SINOVAC vaccine manufactured by the Chinese national pharmaceutical company, SINOVAC is a vaccine which is simple to manage because of its easy stock age.
SINOVAC will be the sixth vaccine to be delivered to Gabon after SINOPHARM, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sputnik.
Though the Sputnik vaccine has been received by the Gabonese authorities, it has not been administered because the authorities have not received the complete doses of the vaccine, notably the vaccines for the second dose.
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