HARARE, 16 March 2021 – The government of Zimbabwe on Tuesday received the second consignment of doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines.
The first batch was delivered four weeks ago.
Tuesday’s consignment includes a Chinese donation of 200,000 doses along with 144,000 doses bought by the government.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa went out in person to the main international airport in the capital, Harare, to receive the consignment, according to state media.
As of Tuesday, Zimbabwe had confirmed 36,504 cases of coronavirus and 1,504 deaths since the first case was detected in the southern African country in March 2020.
Zimbabwe launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign last month with an eye to vaccinating a total of ten million Zimbabweans over time.
Deliveries of vaccine doses by the global COVAX initiative started last February with almost every African country signed up to receive supplies.
COVAX plans to distribute a total of two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of 2021.