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Zimbabwe to receive millions of vaccines from China

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said China will donate 10 million Covid vaccine doses to the country this year.

It is a share of a one-billion vaccine donation Beijing has pledged to Africa, a continent with one of the lowest vaccination rates.

Vaccines procured from China have formed the backbone of Zimbabwe’s fight against coronavirus.

President Mnangagwa says Beijing has now pledged four million doses of Sinopharm and six million of Sinovac, in addition to the two million doses received last year.

About 20% of Zimbabweans have been jabbed, a third of the government’s target – and daily vaccination rates are dropping.

Some suggest the hesitancy is linked to the perceived mildness of the Omicron variant.