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Sierra Leone to receive 200,000 virus vaccine doses

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Picture of vials of the vaccine developed by Sinopharm of China against COVID-19 taken during a health workers vaccination campaign amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, in Ate, a district in Lima, on February 19, 2021. (Photo by Ernesto BENAVIDES / AFP)

Sierra Leone will receive 200,000 doses of the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine Sinopharm on Thursday, the health ministry said.

The West African nation’s official infection rate is far below that of the West, having recorded 3,880 cases since March, and 79 deaths.

But the country is nonetheless in the middle of a second wave of Covid-19 infections, which forced the government to impose a nationwide curfew last month.

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On Thursday, the health ministry said China had donated 200,000 doses of Sinopharm, which were due to arrive the same day.

Beijing has also donated 201,600 disposable needles and syringes, it added.

Sinopharm is 79-percent effective against Covid-19, according to its developers.

It is being rolled out in other African countries, including the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal.

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