Zimbabwe has upped its efforts to curb the COVID-19 virus which has been a stumbling block to the education sector when President Emmerson Mnangagwa received another batch of 400 000 COVID-19 doses vaccine from China in order to achieve a 60 percent herd immunity.
The second batch of 200 000 Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by China arrived at the Robert Mugabe International Airport, Harare on 16 March 202,1 with President Mnangagwa, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, along with other Government officials and Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun in attendance.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Chiwenga said that the country is entering the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination rollout process by honouring the education sector which has since been affected since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020 by offering the floor to teachers and also not forgetting the judiciary that is the law and order and religious leaders.
To date a total of 39 550 frontline workers have been vaccinated and the government is now extending this rollout process to teachers and religious leaders as they cannot avoid gatherings in their sectors.
The Minister of Health and Child Care extended his gratitude to President Mnangagwa for all the efforts that he has put in place to protect Zimbabweans from this deadly virus
“COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Zimbabwe. These vaccines help minimise the risk of infection and are being administered all over Zimbabwe free of charge. Get vaccinated now.
“This is our stand against covid-19. Together, we will conquer,” said President Mnangagwa.
Apart from the 400 000 doses of Sinopharm received from China and the 200 000 Sinovac doses, the country is also expecting 75 000 doses of the inactivated Covaxin from India and another donation of 20 000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia soon and Government has set aside US$100 million for the procurement of vaccines.