About 300,000 additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines for Senegal

These additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccines were donated by the Government of Portugal through the COVAX facility

18 October 2021

DAKAR (Senegal), 18 October 2021 – Senegal has received today 298,700
additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, donated by the Government of Portugal
through the COVAX facility. The vaccine doses were officially received at the
Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) depot in Dakar, in the presence of the
Minister of Health and Social Action, Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr and the Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs and the Cooperation of Portugal, Mr. Francisco André, and
COVAX partners including WHO and UNICEF.

This new batch of vaccines comes at a critical time and coincides with the moment
leaders in Africa are mobilizing for equitable access to vaccines in the world. Across
Africa, celebrities and influencers were signing and sharing an open letter calling on
rich country leaders to honor their promises to urgently deliver doses for Africa.
Portugal thus joins the list of countries which support equitable access to vaccines by
mobilizing additional doses for Senegal.

"Senegal is the first country, aside from the traditional partners of the Portuguese
cooperation, to receive vaccines from Portugal. Bringing Portugal's contribution to
the Senegalese people in this fight against COVID-19, I am in Dakar today to
demonstrate our solidarity. This delivery of 298,700 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine,
as part of the COVAX initiative, will allow Senegal to move forward in the vaccination
process, reflecting the very strong ties between our two peoples" declared Mr.
Francisco André. 

The COVAX facility is an international solidarity mechanism set up for low and lowermiddle
income countries to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. Through
this mechanism, Senegal has already received several batches of vaccines from the
United States, France, China, the United Kingdom, Belgium and now from Portugal.
This new batch will increase the availability of vaccines and will allow to scale up vaccinations in the country. As of October 17, 2021, more than 1.279.885 million people have been vaccinated in Senegal.

"Vaccines allow us to come together, shoulder to shoulder – in schools, communities and places of worship. They are the best hope we have of ending the COVID-19 pandemic" said Georges Gonzales, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Senegal.
UNICEF commended the mark of solidarity expressed by the Government of Portugal for equitable access to vaccines. "The path out of the pandemic is clear. But we can only get out together" he added.

As a key COVAX partner, UNICEF is leading the procurement and supply of vaccines and is responsible for ensuring that countries are ready and prepared to receive and deliver the vaccines. UNICEF is working with the government to strengthen and prepare supply chains within the country, training health workers, building trust in vaccines by engaging with communities, and addressing misinformation and other barriers.

COVAX is the vaccines pillar of the ACT-Accelerator. It is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO) – working in partnership with developed and developing country vaccine manufacturers, UNICEF, the World Bank, Civil Society Organisations and others. COVAX is the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are rapidly available worldwide to economies of all financial means.

Find out more about UNICEF’s work on the COVID-19 vaccines here, or about UNICEF’s work on immunization here.

For more information, please contact:
Moussa Diop, Communication Specialist, +221 77 644 33 22, modiop@unicef.org
Mathilde Stoleroff, Embassy of Portugal in Dakar, Senegal, +221 775960522, maria.stoleroff@mne.pt

Media contacts

Moussa Diop
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Senegal
Tel: +221 77 644 33 22


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