Mauritius on track to meet its vaccination target as it takes delivery of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine

Posted in News on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by The Beachcomber Tours Correspondent

Port Louis, 21 May 2021 – Mauritius has taken delivery of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the Chinese manufacturer. This follows the 100,000 doses that the Chinese government graciously offered to Mauritius.

The World Health Organisation granted emergency approval to Sinopharm two weeks ago. Already, the vaccine has been successfully administered to millions of people around the world.

The total number of persons vaccinated in Mauritius now exceeds 220,000. With the new consignment, 250,000 more persons will be able to receive the jab in the coming months.

More vaccine consignments are expected, which means that Mauritius is on track to vaccinate 700,000 persons in the coming months. This is the recommended threshold for the population to reach herd immunity.

Mauritius is planning to reopen the country to tourism as from mid-2021. Tourism operators are working in close collaboration with government to finalise travel protocols and complete arrangements for a prompt restart of the industry.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Mauritius has upheld the safety of visitors and locals as its topmost priority. For this reason, achieving herd immunity through vaccination is considered as crucial.