Zimbabwe on Sunday received an additional one million doses of the Chinese developed Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare and were received by Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube.
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Posting on Twitter, Ncube said an additional 1.5 million vaccines later this week. He said:
Walking the Talk: Zimbabwe today received an additional 1 million doses of World Health Organization approved Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. We expect to receive an additional 1.5 million vaccines later this week.
To date, Zimbabwe has received over 5 million vaccine doses. Saving lives and livelihoods: vaccination program is part of Zimbabwe’s economic recovery strategy.
Zimbabwe has authorised the use of the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, as well as Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has extended the COVID-19 vaccination programme to private health facilities at hotspots around Zimbabwe.
The institutions have been allowed to charge a nominal fee of injection by a doctor of $434.35, injection by a nurse at $220.64.
To date, a total of 1 438 890 people has received their first dose against COVID-19, while 677 774 have received both doses.