President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the coronavirus vaccination rollout will commence this week after the first batch of the Sinopharm vaccines arrived from China on Monday morning.
The consignment of the vaccine is a donation from the government of the People’s Republic of China which put Zimbabwe under an obligation to buy its vaccines from the East Asian country.
In a post on his social media channels on Monday, President Mnangagwa said the vaccination of the population will put the country’s economy on a path to recovery. He said:
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!
Meanwhile, the president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Enock Dongo told the NewsDay during an interview that the country’s health workers, particularly nurses, know nothing about the vaccine.
Dongo was quoted as saying nurses were not formally trained on how to administer the jab, or made aware of possible side effects.