(Last Updated on February 25, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – China has pledged to provide Zimbabwe with another donation of 200 000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, presidential spokesperson George Charamba revealed yesterday.
This will bring a total of 400 000 doses from the Chinese government after the country recently received a consignment of 200 000 doses which has already started to be administered as part of the vaccination programme.
He said the country is also set to purchase another 1.2 million doses from China.
“The People’s Republic of China has given Zimbabwe a further 200 000 doses to COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total donation to 400 000, enough to cover 200 000 Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe is set to purchase another 1,2m doses from China,” Charamba said.
Meanwhile, India also pledged to donate 75 000 doses to help Zimbabwe fight the pandemic.
According to government officials, the country is targeting to innoculate 10 million citizens to achieve herd immunity.
Treasury officials including Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube claimed the country had also set aside US$100 million to procure vaccines from various countries including the United Kingdom, Russia and India.