President receives second batch of Covid-19 vaccines

by | Mar 16, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

By Pretty Manyewe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa today received the second consignment of covid-19 vaccines from the People’s Republic of China.

The consignment arrived aboard the Air Zimbabwe airplane dubbed “Chimanimani” this morning at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. It comprised of a second batch of 200 000 doses donated by China and 200 000 doses procured by the Government of Zimbabwe.

Also on board was Namibia’s first shipment of 100 000 doses which will be transported to Windhoek by Air Zimbabwe.

While addressing the crowd at the airport, President Mnangagwa expressed his gratitude to the Chinese president and his government for the continued support towards the Zimbabwean’s government goal of vaccinating over 60 percent of its population, to achieve herd immunity.
“We remain thankful to China for the support of this vaccination program. This includes the timely provision of epidemiological expertise and personal protective equipment. My administration is confident that this vaccination intervention will greatly contribute to our country’s herd immunity. We are determined to emerge out of this pandemic with greater capability to play a more effective role towards peace, harmony and prosperity within the comity of nations,” President Mnangagwa said.

Zimbabwe received its first batch of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China last month and began its roll-out on the 18th of February targeting frontline workers in health, immigration, prison and the media.

As of the March 15, 37660 people had received the vaccine with many others showing positive attitude towards the vaccination program.

The Government with help from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare have approved four Covid-19 vaccines, the Sinopharm and Sinovac from China, Covaxin from India and the Sputnik-V from Russia.

Through their Twitter, the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said, “Apart from the 400 000 doses of Sinopharm received today, the country is expecting 75000 doses of the inactivated Covaxin from India and another donation of 20000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia soon. The government has set aside US$100 million towards the procurement of Covid-19 vaccine.”

Zimbabwe becomes the first country in Africa to receive the second Covid-19 batch.