Zimbabwe will start receiving the second batch of the Covid-19 vaccines next week as the country prepares to embark on the second phase of the national vaccination exercise.
The country received the first batch of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine on February 15 and is expected to also receive the second donation of 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, a donation of 75 000 doses of the inactivated Covaxin from India, and another donation of 20 000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia.
Speaking during a virtual handover ceremony of reproductive health equipment to the Government yesterday, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun said his country was impressed with the progress made on the first phase so far and would continue supporting the country’s efforts.
Ambassador Guo said the numbers of people who have been vaccinated showed that Zimbabweans were responding well to the exercise and the country could achieve success in its vaccination programme with more support from China and other development partners.
So far, more than 35 000 frontline workers have been inoculated against the disease and Cabinet has resolved that the programme can move on to the second phase of the exercise.