Guinea Warns Not to Mix Vaccines as Sputnik Shots Face Delay

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The Guinean government warned people who took a first shot of the Sputnik V vaccine not to take another type of vaccine as a second dose, even as a shipment from the Russian manufacturer faces a delay.

“Logistical issues caused the delay,” the National Health Security Agency said in a statement Tuesday. Those affected will be prioritized when a new batch of Sputnik V vaccines arrives to ensure they get a second dose within 21 days of their first shot, it said.

Guinea became the first African nation to begin dispensing Covid-19 shots after receiving a consignment of the Russian vaccines in December. The country has since fully inoculated 41,302 people, with two shots of a given vaccine. Guinea has so far received about 1.4 million vaccines in total - including Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac and AstraZeneca - for a population of 12 million people.

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