The Seychelles have vaccinated against the Covid-19 in proportion more than any other country in the world, but the contagion situation has worsened anyway. Following a rapid and dizzying increase in infections, the island state has decided to close schools and cancel sports activities for two weeks. The restrictive measures provide for a limitation of contacts, allowed only between cohabitants of two different homes, and the early closure of bars and restaurants. And this, despite more than 60% of the population has completed the vaccination course with the famous two doses. The anti-Covid regulations put in place are similar to those decided towards the end of 2020.
“Despite all the exceptional efforts we are making, the epidemiological trend of Covid-19 in our country is in a critical condition, with a notable increase in daily infections, “he said at a press conference Tuesday 4 May 2021, Peggy Vidot, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Seychelles. The archipelago located in the Indian Ocean counts one population of about 98,000 inhabitants. The importance of tourism for the country’s economy led the government to promptly administer vaccines in January. Initially, the doses administered came from a donation from China and the United Arab Emirates. Since then, the executive has also made deals with other pharmaceutical companies.
As of April 12, 59% of the injected doses were from Sinopharm of China and the rest of Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca manufactured under license in India. According to reports Bloomberg, currently the 62.2% of the total population received two doses. In relation to the 55.9% of Israel, the Seychelles are the Nation who vaccinated the most in the world. From 612 cases on April 28, the number of active cases jumped to 1,068 registered on May 3, the Seychellian Ministry of Health reported. Of these, 84% are citizens of the archipelago, while the rest are foreigners. He wrote in his blog Daniel Lucey, professor of clinical medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. According to Lucey’s analysis, less than two-thirds of these either did not receive the vaccine, or only received a single dose. The rest received both necessary vaccines.
The professor pointed out that DNA sequencing data for April infections are not yet available. There variant B.1.351, also known as South African variant, was first found in the Seychelles in February, Lucey continues. The AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be ineffective against this variant in a scientific study, and South Africa has decided not to continue the vaccination campaign with the Anglo-Swedish preparation, selling off the AstraZeneca doses to other countries of the African continent.
“A comparison between Sinopharm, Covishield and infected people who have not received the vaccine, it could be accomplished through DNA sequencing and data on the condition of their infection, “says Lucey.” Given the worldwide use of these two vaccines, there are global implications for what is happening now in the Seychelles. “Other nations that have implemented an effective vaccination campaign have seen a rapid decline in the infection curve. In the United Kingdom, where 52% of people have received a dose, cases have plummeted by 96% , following the peak in January The same goes for Israel, where 60% have received at least one dose, reducing cases by 99%.