Angola receives China-donated vaccines to boost COVID-19 fight

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Chinese Ambassador to Angola Gong Tao (third right) Angola’s Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta (third left) pose for a photo in front of the China-donated COVID-19 vaccines at the Angola International Airport in Luanda, 26 March, 2021.

Angola on Friday received China-donated COVID-19 vaccines to aid in the country’s fight against the pandemic.

The batch of inoculations was received at the Angola International Airport by the Chinese Ambassador to Angola Gong Tao, the Angolan Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta and other high-ranking officials.

During the handover ceremony, Lutucuta expressed his country’s appreciation to China for the donation, noting that Beijing has worked together with Angola to contain the virus.

On his part, Gong said the donation was implemented based on the important consensus reached by the head of states from the two countries in September last year, which echoes Chinese president Xi’s important declaration of making Chinese COVID-19 vaccines as global public goods.

China is the first country to offer support to Angola’s fight against COVID-19 by providing anti-epidemic materials and also sharing successful anti-epidemic experiences.

Angola’s government is currently promoting a national mass vaccination drive to contain the pandemic.

By Friday, the southern African country had reported 21,914 confirmed COVID-19 infections with 532 deaths.

With the arrival of the Chinese vaccines, the country is confident it will defeat the disease and claim victory over the pandemic.

The Chinese Ambassador to Angola reiterated China’s willingness to help the Angola in its fight against the epidemic and contribute to building a closer community of shared future for mankind.

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