The nation will begin administering the doses this week, president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa mentioned on his official Twitter profile.
“The primary batch of vaccines for Zimbabwe has been efficiently delivered. We begin vaccinating Zimbabweans this week! The sooner our nation is protected towards this virus, the sooner Zimbabwe’s economic system can flourish,” he mentioned.
The nation’s Well being Ministry tweeted on Sunday that the 200,000 doses had been donated by China.
An additional 600,000 doses from China are set to reach in early March, info minister Monica Mutsvangwa mentioned final week. It’s unclear how a lot the cash-strapped southern African nation can pay for the second batch of the vaccines from China Nationwide Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, head of the delegation receiving the vaccines that included the finance minister, mentioned frontline well being employees can be the primary to be vaccinated.
“It is a well timed donation… our individuals have suffered from this pandemic. The vaccine affords the chance that our individuals who have borne the brunt of the financial ravages of the pandemic would possibly lastly flip a brand new web page,” Chiwenga mentioned.
Zimbabwe has put aside $100 million for vaccine procurement, and is trying to purchase 20 million doses in efforts to immunize about 60% of its inhabitants and obtain herd immunity.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube mentioned round 1.eight million vaccine doses can be acquired from China. He didn’t give additional particulars.
Final week, West African nation Senegal paid $3.7 million for 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine – practically $19 per shot.
Solely a handful of African nations have begun giving vaccinations because the continent scrambles to acquire provides for its 1.Three billion individuals, at the same time as many richer nations are racing forward with mass immunisation programmes.
The African Union says it has secured roughly 670 million doses for the African continent.
Zimbabwe can also be negotiating with Russia over the procurement of its Sputnik vaccines and was anticipating extra doses from India and COVAX.
The nation has up to now reported near 35,000 confirmed circumstances of the virus and practically 1,400 deaths.