Government is finalising the shipment of 75 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from India to boost the inoculation programme which is already underway in the country.
This came out during a meeting between Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care and the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Ambassador Vijay Khanduja in Harare this morning.
“This vaccine we are talking about… it is not the first vaccine people of my age and many others have received. We have received vaccines against measles, vaccine against polio, and there is nothing wrong with this,” he said.
Vice President Chiwenga added that the vaccine is good for the people of Zimbabwe, and I safe for use.
“It is a vaccine meant to save the lives of the particular individual, and also save your family, friends and your neighbour. This is a pandemic, which if it is not controlled, the virus mutates and we will be with it for a long time and we will lose many lives. The best way to stop the spread of this virus is to get vaccinated.”
Ambassador Khanduja said the vaccine is one of many areas that Zimbabwe and India are cooperating in, noting the growing mutual friendship between the two countries.
“It’s been specially very productive because the authorisation for waiting for, for sending the vaccines from India has been received today.
“The Honourable Vice President mentioned that we have been developing relationships in all fields including economic cooperation. An elaborate development was agenda was agreed to when our vice president visited here and it will be my agenda to take that forward during my time here,” he said.
Zimbabwe is receiving Covid-19 vaccines from the People’s Republic of China, India, Russia and United Kingdom, among other countries. The vaccine is administered free of charge to willing citizens.