Tanzania on Monday received the second batch of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, stepping up the East African nation’s effort to vaccinate its people against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early October, Tanzania received 1,065,600 doses of Sinopharm vaccines donated by the Chinese government through the COVAX facility.
Speaking immediately after receiving the 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children, Dorothy Gwajima, thanked the Chinese government for the timely donation.
“The second shipment of vaccines donated by the Chinese government will help Tanzania fight the virus pandemic,” Gwajima said.
The minister called on her men and women and compatriots to get the Sinopharm vaccines, saying they are safe and have been approved by the World Health Organization.
Chen Mingjian, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, said the Chinese donated vaccines will play an effective role in helping the Tanzanian government control the spread of the virus and protect the lives and health of Tanzanians.
“We have developed safe and reliable vaccines that meet scientific standards and have gradually realized the recovery of social and economic development,” she said.
Chen said China has so far provided more than 120 bundles of pandemic prevention supplies to African countries, donated vaccines to more than 50 African countries and the African Union.
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