(Last Updated on February 15, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the country will start it’s vaccination programme this week following the arrival of two hundred thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine donated by China.
Vice President and Health minister Constantino Chiwenga today led a delegation that received the vaccine in the early hours of the morning at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.
More doses are expected in the coming weeks.
Mnangagwa took to his social media platforms to update the nation on the received vaccines.
“The first batch of vaccines for Zimbabwe has been successfully delivered. We start vaccinating Zimbabweans this week! The faster our country is protected against this virus, the faster Zimbabwe’s economy can flourish.
God bless you all, god bless Zimbabwe! 🇿🇼,” he wrote.
Last week the Health Ministry published the roll-out plan which indicated the various phases and stages of the programme.
Frontline workers who include health workers, ports of entry personnel such as ZIMRA and Immigration staff, customs, funeral parlour and security personnel will receive the jabs in the first stage of phase one.
Some sections have expressed reservations on the programme, questioning how much independent testing on the vaccines was done by the government.