The Congolese Head of State, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, was vaccinated against Covid-19 on 25 March, during the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Like other heads of state, the Congolese President, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, is leading by example. The latter was vaccinated against the Coronavirus on 25 March, during the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus pandemic in Congo.
According to sources on the spot, this first stage of the vaccination targets the most exposed people, including health care workers on the front line in the fight against the pandemic, the press, who are in contact with everyone, prisoners, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
A Russian vaccine, after China’s donation
On the eve of the launch of this campaign, the Congolese Minister of Health, Population and Promotion of Women, Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, received a batch of 12,000 doses of Russian vaccine purchased with the Congolese government’s own funds. The purchase of this Russian vaccine was welcomed by the Russian ambassador to Congo, Guerguy Tchepik, indicating that « it is no longer the virus that will attack the Congo, but the country that will attack the virus », he told our colleagues at Les Dépêches de Brazza. However, before receiving the Russian vaccine, on 10 March, China donated 100,000 doses of the vaccine, Sinopharm. This strategy « proves that China always stands by developing countries to fight together against Covid-19 », according to Ma Fulin, Chinese ambassador to Congo.
Congo-Brazzaville recorded its first case of the Coronavirus on 14 March 2020. To date, this Central African country has 9681 cases of contamination and 135 deaths linked to this pandemic, according to the epidemiological situation published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).