Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in donation from China

  • Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in donation from China

Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in donation from China

ZIMBABWE yesterday received 200 000 doses of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) vaccine donated by the Chinese government to fight Covid-19.

His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has continued maintaining close ties with China and Russian Federation as Western countries maintain sanctions, charging that he is as repressive as his predecessor and mentor, Mugabe.

Chiwenga said the donation was "timely" and "yet another demonstration of the long bond of friendship and solidarity".

Zimbabwe's Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, head of the delegation receiving the vaccines that included the finance minister, said frontline health workers would be the first to be vaccinated.

It will be one of China's first shipments of vaccines to Africa, after deliveries to Egypt and Equatorial Guinea.

Zimbabwe "has also submitted its expression of interest" to be part of an initiative by the African Union to bulk buy vaccines for African countries, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said last week.

On Monday, China's ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun dismissed any doubts about the Sinopharm vaccine. "I want to tell all my compatriots that this vaccine is safe, it is effective, and we have made an enormous effort to be able to vaccinate all Chileans", Pinera told reporters at a press conference.

Dr. Elopy Nimele Sibanda, professor of immunology at the University of Zimbabwe's College of Health Sciences, is optimistic the Sinopharm vaccine will help Zimbabwe following the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the country. We do not know until it has been tested in our own setting.

Zimbabwe says it is negotiating with various manufacturers of the Covid-19 vaccine, including Russian Federation and India, as it seeks to immunise 60 percent of the population or 10 million people to achieve herd immunity.

Other doses of the vaccine were allegedly administered directly by the alleged criminal syndicate, which reportedly set up fake vaccination clinics and charged people a cash fee for vaccination or shipped them to "village doctors", who ran vaccination programs in remote locations.

Dr. Robert Mudyirandima, acting health secretary in Zimbabwe, discusses the Sinopharm vaccine, in Harare, Feb. 15, 2021.

Zimbabwe's government said the Sinopharm vaccine has an efficacy rate of between 76 and 86 percent.

Despite being close to ruin, the government has budgeted $100 million for its vaccination programme, which will be free of charge.