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Zimbabwe receives 200 000 doses of SinoPharm vaccine

Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines More countries turn to Chinese COVID-19 vaccines
Cecil Davis | 17 February, 2021, 04:56

On Sunday morning, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Counsellor Zhao Baogang announced that an Air Zimbabwe plane landed in Beijing to collect and transport 200,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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

The ZANU PF leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa has ignored vaccine donations from former colonial power, United Kingdom and moved to thank only China for vaccines numbering a tiny fraction of the British ones.

Zimbabwe has already ordered another 600,000 doses from China expected to be delivered in early March.

Zimbabwe has since 2003 turned to China, and also Russian Federation, for assistance after falling out with Western countries that imposed sanctions in response to allegations of human rights abuses and vote-rigging by then-president Robert Mugabe, who lost power in 2017 and died in 2019.

"I am not a scientist, so I do not make unprofessional comments".

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RS institutions have been following all the scientific effects and references of vaccines from all producers, including Chinese ones, and the efficacy, quality, and safety of vaccines are the three criteria that all vaccines entering RS must fulfill, said Seranic. Others highlighted that the Zimbabwean government seemed to be making better progress in acquiring the Covid-19 vaccine than supposedly more functional countries.

The government says it has budgeted $100 million for vaccines, apart from the donations it hopes to receive from well-wishers. "That's the bottom line". We do not know until it has been tested in our own setting.

African countries, financially weak and relying on vaccines developed elsewhere, have been slow to vaccinate their populations, and experts expect vaccines to start arriving on the continent in higher quantities later this year and next year.

"The vaccine also offers the possibility that our people who have borne the brunt of the economic ravages of the pandemic might finally turn a new page following the unfortunate interruptions to the economic activities that have been necessitated by the need to control the virus".

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

On Monday, acting Health Secretary Dr. Robert Mudyirandima said Zimbabwe will conduct trials of Sinopharm this week before starting a nationwide free and voluntary vaccination program.