China donates 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Zimbabwe

By ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has thanked President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China for his decision to donate 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Speaking at the State House this Wednesday, President Mnangagwa said his government applauds China’s strong support and commitment to ensuring the availability of affordable and effective vaccines to Zimbabwe and the African continent as a whole.

“It is with profound joy and gratitude that I take this opportunity to inform the nation of His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China’s magnanimous decision to donate 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Zimbabwe,” said the President.

“The assistance comprising four million Sinopharm doses and 6 million
Sinovac doses is an addition to the two million doses Zimbabwe has received as donations since February 2021 from the People’s Republic of China. The Government applauds China’s strong support and commitment to ensuring the availability of affordable and effective vaccines not only to our country, and the African continent but to the entire global ic.

President Xi Jinping has implemented his landmark pledge at the
November 2021 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Ministerial Meeting in Senegal to provide one billion Covid-19 vaccines to Africa.

“For us in Zimbabwe, this huge and timely gesture of support comes at a critical phase in our fight against the highly infectious Omicron variant which threatens to erode our impressive gains in the fight against Covid-19, and our strides towards achieving national herd immunity.

“We in Zimbabwe, therefore, cherish this continued Chinese support in the fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic, which includes the Chinese grant amounting to US$20 million for the construction of the NatPharm Warehouse, the deployment of a Chinese medical team of specialists, and the constant supply of diagnostic reagents, thermometers and consumables such as latex gloves, among other essential personal protective equipment (PPE).”

President Mnangagwa said the country has registered commendable and globally acclaimed progress towards achieving herd immunity.

“It is incumbent upon us all as responsible citizens to fully embrace the Government’s vaccination programme in order to have all people immunised and protected against the scourge.”

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