Niger receives COVID-19 vaccines donated by China

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President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou (2nd R) speaks during a media interview after the handover ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccines from China at the Niamey International Airport in Niamey, Niger, on March 21, 2021. President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister of Niger Brigi Rafini, Niger's acting Health Minister Ahmed Boto and Chinese Ambassador to Niger Zhang Lijun attended the handover ceremony at the airport on Sunday. (Chinese Embassy in Niger/Handout via Xinhua)
President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou (2nd R) speaks during a media interview after the handover ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccines from China at the Niamey International Airport in Niamey, Niger, on March 21, 2021. President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister of Niger Brigi Rafini, Niger’s acting Health Minister Ahmed Boto and Chinese Ambassador to Niger Zhang Lijun attended the handover ceremony at the airport on Sunday. (Chinese Embassy in Niger/Handout via Xinhua)

A batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Niamey, capital of Niger, on Sunday.

President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister of Niger Brigi Rafini, Niger’s acting Health Minister Ahmed Boto and Chinese Ambassador to Niger Zhang Lijun attended the handover ceremony at the airport.

An aircraft carrying COVID-19 vaccines from China arrives at the Niamey International Airport in Niamey, Niger, on March 21, 2021. (Chinese Embassy in Niger/Handout via Xinhua)

“I would like to ask the Chinese ambassador to convey our thanks to the Chinese government and to Chinese people,” Issoufou said.

The president also congratulated the excellent and diverse cooperation between Niger and China, saying that “Today we have just received a donation from the Chinese government of anti-COVID-19 vaccines. I take this opportunity to congratulate the dynamism of the cooperation that exists between Niger and the People’s Republic of China.”

According to Issoufou, with this donation, Niger will start the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 next Saturday, prioritizing vaccination of health personnel, then people who have comorbidity and the elderly, and the defense and security forces.

Niger has so far reported a total of 4918 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 185 deaths, and 4538 cured cases.

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