Zimbabwe to receive delivery of China’s Sinopharm vaccines

Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines

Zimbabwe aims to vaccinate 10 million people, around two thirds of its population, to reach herd immunity.

The vaccines were received at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Constantino Chiwenga and Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun at a ceremony that was also attended by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube, Acting Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Professor Amon Murwira, Health and Child Care Minister Dr John Mangwiro and Local Government and Public Works counterpart, Dr Marian Chombo.

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

According to Sinopharm website, more than 50 countries have expressed willingness to procure the vaccine.

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.

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.

On Monday, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said it would deepen its crackdown on fake vaccine manufacturing, the Global Times reported, adding that there were more than 21 cases of major vaccine fraud across China.

Zimbabwe has registered over 30,500 cases of the lethal infection since the start of the pandemic, including more than 960 deaths.

The first batch of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccines from China were shipped to Zimbabwe on Sunday.

Frontline workers such as health professionals and immigration agents working at borders will get first priority for the vaccines, according to a government rollout plan. Ambassador Guo said the donation was part of its assistance it has rendered to Zimbabwe in various sectors.

On Twitter, Zimbabwe's embassy in China posted a video of the vaccines being loaded into a state-owned Air Zimbabwe plane in China, touting it as an example of the Asian country's "friendship" with developing countries. Officials in Latin America's second-largest economy are hoping to source millions of doses from China to boost their vaccination efforts. Public health experts are closely monitoring five of these candidate vaccines, which are in the final stage of clinical trials.