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Seychelles aims to be world’s first vaccinated country

Nation looks to be first to immunise 70 per cent of adults before others

The Seychelles government has announced it aims to be the first country in the world to vaccinate 70 per cent of its adult population against Covid-19.

The country, which is the first in Africa to start a Covid-19 vaccination programme, launched its immunisation initiative on Sunday.

50,000 doses of the vaccine were donated by Abu Dhabi.

“With such a robust vaccination campaign, Seychelles aims to be the first country in the world to vaccinate at least 70% of its over 18 population. From there we will be able to declare Seychelles as being Covid safe,” said President Ramkalawan.

Sylvestre Radegonde, the Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, added: “The COVID-19 immunisation campaign is an important milestone for the restart of our tourism industry as the country balances its efforts to maintain its tourism activities and protect its population from further spread of the virus. The world has not come to a standstill and there are people who are still keen to travel. We need to fast rebuild our industry for our economic prosperity depends on it.”

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