Zimbabwe Set to receive more Covid_19 Vaccines

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A man is tested by a healthcare worker during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mass screening centre, in Harare, Zimbabwe April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo
A man is tested by a healthcare worker during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mass screening centre, in Harare, Zimbabwe April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo

In yet another milestone in the fight against Covid_19 for Zimbabwe, India has pledged to donate 75,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccines to the country.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday tweeted, “We are grateful to our Indian friends for committing to donate 75,000 Covid_19 vaccines and for the opportunity to buy more moving forward. We are working tirelessly to obtain sufficient vaccines so we can overcome this virus and revive our economy,” he said.

Zimbabwe on Thursday officially launched the vaccination program in the Matabeleland region, with Vice President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga being the person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the country. The country is hoping to inoculate at least 10 million of its 16 million citizens to achieve herd immunity.

The country received the delivery of the first batch of the Sinopharm vaccines from China on Monday and is also set to benefit from the African Union-Global Fund Covax facility soon.

Zimbabwe has registered 35,710 coronavirus cases and 1,430 deaths.

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