WHO examines Seychelles COVID-19 data after fully vaccinated people test positive – fr

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WHO examines Seychelles COVID-19 data after fully vaccinated people test positive – fr


NAIROBI – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was examining coronavirus data from Seychelles after the health ministry said more than a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19 last week had been fully vaccinated.

Both the ministry and the WHO stressed that the majority of those who tested positive had not been vaccinated or had only received a single dose, that no one who died had been fully vaccinated and that almost everyone who needed treatment for severe or critical cases was unvaccinated.

But the WHO said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Indian Ocean nation, which has a population of less than 100,000 and daily case numbers of a few hundred.

“Our teams continue to review the data, assess progress and understand trends,” a spokesperson said via email.

The seven-day moving average of positive cases rose from 120 on April 30 to 314 on May 8, the ministry said in a late statement on Monday, with nearly two-thirds of the positive cases being close contacts of another person who tested positive. .

About 37% of people who tested positive had received both doses of a vaccine, he said.

To date, 57% of those who have been fully vaccinated have received the vaccine from Chinese state drug maker Sinopharm, while 43% have received injections from AstraZeneca, he said. Nearly 60% of the population received two doses, the WHO said.

The ministry said 80% of people needing hospital treatment had not been vaccinated and tended to be people with co-morbidities. The ministry could not be contacted immediately for further comment.

The WHO said a large phase III trial of Sinopharm has shown that two doses, given 21 days apart, are 79% effective against symptomatic infection, 14 days or more after the second dose. AstraZeneca said in March that its COVID-19 vaccine was 76% effective.

The WHO on Friday approved the Sinopharm vaccine for emergencies. The decision also paves the way for the vaccine’s integration into COVAX, a global program to deliver vaccines primarily to poor countries.

The total number of confirmed cases in Seychelles since the start of the pandemic is less than 8,200. Cases declined slightly from May 7 to 8, according to the ministry’s statement, but “the transmission rate remains high and is worrying.”

WHO has said that vaccination alone will not completely stop transmission and that preventive health measures such as social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands must continue.

(Reporting by Maggie Fick; Editing by Alison Williams)

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