Every patient in the world who is concerned about the continuing ravage of the COVID-19 pandemic is waiting impatiently for the COVID vaccines to really change the course of the pandemic,” says the Chairman of Seychelles Patients Association.

50,000 doses of the China-produced SINOPHARM vaccine are already in the country following the visit of the Head of State of Seychelles, President Wavel Ramkalawan, to the United Arab Emirates.

China’s NMPA have this week approved utilisation of the SINOPHARM vaccine

Health Authorities in Seychelles are positive that the right vaccine will be a game-changer in terms of managing the pandemic locally. They waiting for more information on the vaccine to roll it out in Seychelles.

On Thursday 30th December, the Chinese National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) for regulating drugs and medical devices gave conditional approval for rolling out the vaccine in China. The condition is that side effects and other issues, if any, that develop during the roll out, need to continue to be reported to that authority before final approval is given.

“Once we start rolling it out, we would like to see the maximum number of people possible take it up,” declared a senior health official.