China Donates 200,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines To Chad

China, which last year donated personal protective equipment to Chad, has now given the country its sinopharm vaccine.

The Chinese Government has donated 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to the Chadian Government.

The vaccine consignment was received on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the Hassan Djamouss international Airport in the capital, N’Djamena, by Li Jinjing, the Chinese Ambassador to Chad, and officially handed over to the Dr Abdoulaye Sabour Fadoul, Chadian Minister of Public Health and National Solidarity, in the presence of Dr Jean Bosco Ndihokubwayo, the Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Chad.

According to the Chinese ambassador, his country is “completely convinced that the vaccines must be for the good of the public worldwide adding that China is resolved to be at the frontline of international cooperation on vaccines and their equitable distribution.”

“We equally support the appeal by African countries for the lifting of intellectual rights on vaccines. In spite of the considerable domestic demand, we have kept our promise of offering vaccines to more than 80 developing nations by exporting vaccines to 43 countries. Faced with the epidemic of the century, Chad and China firmly stand together,” Ambassador Li Jinjing added.

The WHO Representative in Chad, Dr Jean Bosco Ndihokubwayo on his part, expressed satisfaction and support for the declarations made by the Chinese diplomat.

“I have heard three very important words of His Excellency the Chinese Ambassador in Chad. The first word is that the vaccines must be considered as a worldwide public good,” Ndihokubwayo said.

“The second thing is that we must all be in solidarity and the third thing is to fight so that the intellectual rights on the vaccines against Covid-19 must be lifted. The virus has no borders, COVID-19 is a pandemic, we must all fight and be sure that all the countries are protected.”

The Chadian Minister of Public Health and National Solidarity, said the country was waiting for the arrival of the vaccines. 

“We have been waiting and we have been preparing for this moment for several months with the National Committee of Coordination for the Introduction of the Vaccine Against COVID-19,” he said.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly for months now with the strong and appreciable technical support of the WHO, UNICEF and today we are receiving these vaccines and we are prepared to commence with the vaccination campaign from Friday June 4 by starting with priority persons, that is to say, health personnel and persons aged above 65 years.”

The minister reminded the population of the dangerous nature of the pandemic adding that “this virus would still be around for several months, several years. The only way to put an end to this pandemic is by vaccination.”

Chad had last year received protective material against the Covid-19 from China.

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