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Guinea President Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

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The 82-year-old President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, got his first dose of coronavirus vaccine, part of a program primarily involving members of the administration, a source close to his office said Saturday.

Defense Minister Mohamed Diane, a qualified physicist, was the first in the world to obtain a Russian Sputnik V vaccine on December 30.

The source said that Conde got Sputnik V on Friday.

Several other government officials who have not yet developed the virus have already been inoculated for the past two weeks, the spokesperson for the National Health Security Agency told AFP.

Guinea obtained 60 doses of Sputnik V and the authorities plan to inoculate a select number of elderly volunteers first before determining whether to expand the program.

“More than 2.5 million vaccine doses are expected before the end of the first quarter, which would enable us to inoculate a good number of people, certainly those who want it,” said health agency spokesman, Sory Keira, without specifying whether the doses consisted solely of the Russian-developed jab.

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