Largest batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrive in the country

Zimbabwe this afternoon took delivery of two million Sinovac vaccines from the People’s Republic of China as it intensifies efforts to ensure the success of its national vaccination programme.

Finance & Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube (right) with Health and Child Care Deputy Minister John Mangwiro (centre) receiving the Sinovac vaccines

The latest batch of vaccines brings to more than four million vaccines imported to date.

Receiving the vaccines, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro said another batch of 1.5 million vaccines is expected in the country next week, with a further 2 million by monthend.

He said with the coming of the 2 million doses, Zimbabwe will up its vaccine uptake as it establish inoculation points at universities, colleges and markets.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube said private entities who wish to import the vaccines should be registered with his ministry and the vaccines they wish to purchase should be cleared and safe for use in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe received its first batch of 200 000 Sinopharm vaccines from China five months ago, with more donations coming in from the Asian country and others from India and Russia.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded China for ensuring Zimbabwe has access to Covid-19 vaccines at a time some countries are seeking to make huge profits from the jabs and to deprive poor countries.