…as President Mnangagwa receives second batch of COVID-19 vaccines from People’s Republic of China
By Shadreck Gurenje
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the nation is making tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19 which will go a long way in positively impacting the health, well-being, and protection and recovery of citizens.
Zimbabwe is the only country in Africa which has to date received the second batch of the vaccine doses from the People’s Republic of China.
Speaking at the handover of the second batch, President Mnangagwa thanked President Xi Jinping and the fraternal people of China for the generous gesture of support and continued assistance and solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.
President Mnangagwa also said his administration is determined to emerge out of this pandemic with greater capability towards peace, harmony and prosperity.
“We are making steady progress in the fight against the pandemic and in the on-going National COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out Programme.
“We remain thankful to China for the support of this programme. This includes the timely provision of epidemiological expertise and personal protective equipment (PPE) among other aspects.
“My administration is confident that this vaccination intervention will greatly contribute to our country’s realisation of herd immunity. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will further guarantee a Zimbabwe that continues on its course to achieve Vision 2030.
“We are determined to emerge out of this pandemic with greater capability to play a more effective role towards peace, harmony and prosperity within the comity of nations.
“The People’s Republic of China’s unparalleled readiness to avail access to the vaccines for commercial procurement testifies to our shared and mutual desire to continue enhancing cooperation particularly in these times of distress and competition for resources.
“The fact that we are the only country in Africa which has to date received the second batch of the vaccine doses from China, attests to the strong, comprehensive and strategic nature of our partnership. We look forward to broadening and deepening our relations in the Post COVID-19 era,” said President Mnangagwa.
Government received the second batch of 200 000 vaccine doses donated to Zimbabwe by the People’s Republic of China; and a consignment of 200 000 vaccine doses procured by Zimbabwe from Sinovac as well as 1 200 000 medical consumables procured from Sinopharm.