By Anna Chibamu, Pictures By Idah Mhetu
ZIMBABWE has finally taken delivery of 200 000 Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine doses donated by China.
The doses arrived this Monday morning aboard an Air Zimbabwe jet at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and were received by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who doubles as the country’s Health Minister, and Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun.
The vaccine is set to trigger an historic inoculation process on a population that has not been spared by the deadly global pandemic.
The country’s health personnel, ports of entry employees, school teachers are among the first groups of citizens set to receive the jabs.
Chiwenga said the donation gave Zimbabwe hope, which is currently facing its worst death toll and rise in infections since the first Covid-19 case was recorded in the country in March last year.
“You have seen how Zimbabweans have suffered from this pandemic. We therefore receive the donation as a dream of hope as a nation and finally, we believe we maybe on the verge of returning to normalcy. We are aiming to achieve this,” said Chiwenga.
“You are all aware we had to implement the lockdown to curb the virus. In times of need, China has been swift to donate to Zimbabwe. We will continue with the roll out plan programme until we reach the 60% population targeted,” said VP Chiwenga.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is this Monday expected to announce new Covid-19 measures following the expiry of a national lockdown imposed early January this year.
Below are some images captured by NewZimbabwe.com’s Idah Mhetu.