Botswana receives China-donated Sinovac vaccines

SPAIN - 2021/04/01: In this photo illustration, a close up of a hand holding a medical syringe seen displayed in front of the Sinovac logo. (Photo Illustration by Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Botswana government received a batch of COVID-19 vaccine provided by China’s Sinovac on Sunday.

Wang Xuefeng, Chinese ambassador to Botswana, said at the handover ceremony that the donation is a gift to Botswana from the Chinese government, a symbol of the two countries’ time-tested friendship, and a new milestone in China and Botswana’s joint fight against COVID-19.

He said that in the face of the severe pandemic, China and Botswana have shown care to each other, and stood shoulder to shoulder to combat the virus, adding that the vaccine donation is the latest achievement in the two countries’ anti-pandemic cooperation.

For his part, Kabo Morwaeng, minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, expressed his profound gratitude to China for continued support to Botswana, adding that Botswana will work hard to ensure that the sound relations with China last many more decades for the benefit of the people.

The donation will be followed by another batch of vaccines purchased by the Botswana government from China, which will arrive in the country soon.

Botswana has to date registered 43,394 positive COVID-19 cases with 691 deaths.