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China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Ethiopia

Abstract : A batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, donated by the Chinese government to Ethiopia, arrived here on Tuesday.

A
batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Addis
Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on March 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

A batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines
arrived in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, which will contribute to Ethiopia’s
plan to vaccinate up to 20 percent of the east African country’s
population by the end of 2021.

ADDIS ABABA, March 30 (Xinhua) — A batch of China’s
Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, donated by the Chinese government to
Ethiopia, arrived here on Tuesday.

The doses were received at the Addis Ababa Bole
International Airport by Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan,
Ethiopia Minister of Health, Lia Tadesse and Birtukan Ayano, State
Minister of Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“China is the first to provide Ethiopia with vaccine aid
through the bilateral inter-governmental channel, which speaks volumes
of the profound traditional friendship between the two countries,” Zhao
told reporters.

Chinese
and Ethiopian officials prepare to sign documents during the arrival of
China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines at Bole International Airport in
Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on March 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Michael
Tewelde)

Zhao also disclosed the Chinese government has been donating
vaccines to dozens of countries, as part of its solidarity in the fight
against the pandemic.

“China has donated and is donating vaccines to 80 developing
countries in urgent need, and has provided support under COVAX for
emergency use of vaccines in developing countries,” Zhao said.

COVAX, an international vaccine campaign co-led by the World
Health Organization and its partners, aims to speed up the development,
production and fair distribution of new COVID-19 vaccines.

A batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Addis Ababa on March 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Lia Tadesse, Ethiopia Minister of Health, commended the
latest Chinese COVID-19 donation as a testament to the solid bilateral
ties between the two countries.

“Since the onset of the pandemic in the past one year, the
collaboration and partnership between these two countries has really
been immense, and the support of both the government of China as well as
organizations, private foundations and other organizations in China
have been extending their support in the fight against the pandemic to
Ethiopia,” Tadesse told reporters.

“Several donations of supplies like Personal Protective
Equipments (PPEs), test kits, and medical equipments have been
delivered. In addition, technical support and missions have been here to
share experiences in how best to combat this challenging pandemic,” she
further said.

An
airport worker unloads consignments of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19
vaccines at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, capital of
Ethiopia, March 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Tadesse also said the donation of Sinopharm vaccines will
significantly contribute to Ethiopia’s plan to vaccinate up to 20
percent of the east African country’s population.

“Today’s donation of these vaccines will have an immense
contribution to this effort of the objective that we have in terms of
inoculating at least up to 20 percent of the population within this year
of 2021,” she said.

China has been helping Ethiopia in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak in the African country last year.

China donated several batches of medical supplies to
Ethiopia last year, and a Chinese team of medical experts has been sent
to Ethiopia to support its fight against the pandemic.

Ethiopia has recorded 202,545 COVID-19 cases and 2,825 COVID-19 related deaths by Monday evening.

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