The first coronavirus vaccines have arrived in Zimbabwe as an Air Zimbabwe jet carrying 200,000 doses arrived from China.
It is one of China’s first shipments of vaccines to Africa, after deliveries to Egypt and Equatorial Guinea.
The first Sinopharm vaccines are a donation from China to the southern African country.
Zimbabwe’s health professionals and immigration agents working at border posts will get first priority for the vaccines, according to a government rollout plan.
President Emmerson Mnanagagwa’s government has purchased an additional 600,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine that are expected to arrive early next month, according to the state media.
The country had reported 35,104 cases, including 1,398 deaths, on Feb. 14, up from the slightly more than 10,000 cases and 277 deaths at the beginning of December.