Air Zimbabwe plane was in China to pick up the country’s first load of 200,000 coronavirus vaccines.
The shots, made by China’s state-run Sinopharm, are a donation to Zimbabwe, which is due to buy another 600,000 of the vaccines for delivery early March.
The Chinese embassy in Harare tweeted video footage of containers being loaded onto an Air Zimbabwe in Beijing this morning.
They contained 200,000 vaccines that are due to land at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport early Monday morning.
These will be the first batch of vaccines to be delivered to Zimbabwe. China is also donating vaccines to Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea.
Health workers, border officials and funeral parlour workers will be among the first to be vaccinated, according to a roll out plan.
It’ll be the start of what’s being allocated as the country’s biggest-ever vaccination programme; officials said they would vaccinate 10 million out of 15 million citizens, though details of how they’ll accomplish that still weren’t clear.