Comoros President Azali Assoumani, First Lady Ambari Azali and several high-status public officials have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Mr Assoumani said that he wanted to set an example and be the first to be vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine made in China.
“By proceeding today to launch the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in our country, we are taking a new step in our fight against the pandemic,” said Mr Assoumani said as he received the jab on Saturday at the El-Maarouf hospital.
“The vaccines will be administered, in the first instance, to medical personnel, teachers, military and paramilitary forces, the elderly and those with co-morbidities,” he said.
“We are continuing our efforts with our partners to acquire doses of other vaccine to reach the vaccination target of 60% as soon as possible.”
The Chinese ambassador to Comoros, He Yanjun, said “China is firmly at the forefront of international cooperation on vaccines”.
A Chinese medical aid team arrived in Moroni last month, bringing a batch of 100,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and medical materials donated by China, to help the country fight the pandemic for three months.
Comoros experienced a second wave of the disease with more than 146 deaths in less than three months between the end of December and the beginning of March.
The pandemic seems to be somewhat under control now, with 66 active cases at the national level, according to the latest statement from the health ministry.