Botswana to receive donation of COVID-19 vaccines from China

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A teacher checks the body temperature of a student before she goes to the classroom in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, June 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Tshekiso Tebalo)

Botswana’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is set to receive a boost with the government announcing the expected arrival of a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China.

FILE PHOTO: A teacher checks the body temperature of a student before she goes to the classroom in Gaborone, capital of Botswana. (Xinhua/Tshekiso Tebalo)

A statement from the government on Friday said 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine are due to be received at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in the capital Gaborone on Sunday.

A further 200,000 vaccines of the same vaccine purchased by the government, the statement added, will arrive at a later date.

China has been an instrumental player in Africa’s COVID-19 response donating vaccines to several countries helping them get their domestic campaigns underway.

This is in line with the Asian nation’s pledge to help the continent fight the pandemic that has devastated economies and livelihoods.

Botswana has been battling a surge of cases which earlier this month forced the government to extend a state of public emergency by a further six months to curb the spread of the virus.

Botswana has so far reported more than 45,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 690 deaths, according to data from the World Health Organization.

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