President of Guyana takes first dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine

President of Guyana, Dr. Irfaan Ali, has got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and urged all Guyanese to take the vaccine to guard themselves against the deadly coronavirus. 

Guyana: President of Guyana, Dr. Irfaan Ali, has got his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and urged all Guyanese to take the vaccine to guard themselves against the deadly coronavirus. 

“Fellow Guyanese, I’m very gratified to inform you that I took the coronavirus vaccine. And I want to take this chance to help every Guyanese to take the vaccine. While it is not compulsory, I want to urge you, as far as possible, to consider taking the COVID vaccine.” President Ali said.

President Ali pointed to the significance of the vaccines in guarding the citizens as well as allowing the nation to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He once again assured that no resource would be spared in having every single Guyanese vaccinated before the end of the year.

He added, “Only today, I had an engagement with the Organization of Islamic Conference. We continue to reach out straight to suppliers of the Russian vaccine, Sinopharm, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca. We’ve also touched out to other suppliers in the UAE, because you know it is becoming a global deficiency in getting the vaccines itself.”

The President stated that the government is awaiting another batch of vaccines shortly, which would be rolled out in a phased manner to the people of Guyana.

“It is vital for us to ensure that we explore every avenue, having access to these vaccines quickly, and ensuring that it fits into our idea of having the entire country vaccinated prior to the end of the year, so you can rest ensured that we will continue to work aggressively on this.” He noted.

Notably, Guyana got 80,000 doses of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines from India. 

Guyana has got these vaccines as a gift from the Government and the people of India under the initiative of “Vaccine Maitri.”

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