A country of its word…China continues to support Zimbabwe`s Covid-19 response

by | Dec 21, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

 

Mako Jerera

When the Covid-19 pandemic started, China through its embassy in Harare promised to support Zimbabwe.

This was at a time when the West was lining up a dubious scheme called Covax, which appeared noble on paper but was impractical in reality.

Many offers were waved in Zimbabwe`s face, but the country knows its friends.

It stuck with them, the rest as they say is history.

Yesterday, Minister of Health and Child Care, Vice President General (Rtd) Constantino Chiwenga received a consignment of 1 million doses of the Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine donated to the country by the People’s Republic of China.

This is set to boost the country’s vaccination campaign as it battles the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe GUO Shauchon, handed over the donation at RGM International Airport.

On 29 Nov, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced to provide another 1 billion doses of Covid-19 Vaccines to Africa at the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation conference (FOCAC).

The sum includes 600 million doses as donation and 400 million doses to be provided through such means as joint production by Chinese companies and relevant African countries.

In less than a month, 1 million Sinovac donated by China arrived in Harare.

 

Speaking after receiving the donation at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe’s Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga, expressed gratitude for the vaccines, saying the donation will help accelerate Zimbabwe’s vaccination campaign.

VP Chiwenga said the assistance and support being given to Zimbabwe by China is greatly appreciated.

“This timely gesture of support and friendship greatly increases our confidence and determination to fight the Covid-19 pandemic…,” said VP Chiwenga.

VP Chiwenga added that Zimbabwe and China enjoy excellent relations, as characterized by comprehensive strategic cooperation in many sectors of the economy.

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, spoke at the same event and reaffirmed China’s commitment to assisting African countries in the fight against the pandemic and addressing vaccine inequality.

“The arrival of this consignment demonstrates that China is turning its commitments into visible and tangible outcomes. China-Africa cooperation will be further increased and benefit wider populations in Africa,” Guo said.

 

China is a major vaccine supplier and supporter to Zimbabwe.

As of Dec. 19, slightly over 4 million people out of a population of about 15 million had received at least one vaccine dose, while about 3 million had received both required shots, according to the health ministry’s daily update

To date, Zimbabwe has procured over 12 million doses and accompanying injection safety materials using its own local resources.

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