#COVID19: Gabon Receives Another 300,000 Vaccines From China, Expects 15,000 From Russia

Following an earlier promise from the Chinese, Gabon has received 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines while preparing to receive even more.

Gabon has received another 300,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese government.

According to Hu Changchun, the Chinese Ambassador to Gabon, 200,000 doses of the vaccines were a gift from the Chinese government to the Gabonese government while 100,000 were a gift from the Chinese army to the Gabonese military.

The vaccines arrived in the Gabonese capital Libreville on Sunday, May 9, by a chartered flight of the Portuguese airline, EuroAtlantic Airways.

“These are not the vaccines bought from China by Gabon but gifts from the Chinese people to the Gabonese people. The bought Sinopharm doses would arrive later,” a spokesperson of the Ministry of Health told HumAngle in Libreville by phone Monday morning.

On April 20, 2021, during the celebration of the 47th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Gabon,  Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, had promised by a telephone call to his Gabonese counterpart, Pacome Mounbelet-Boubeya, that his country envisaged making a new vaccine donation to.

Jossye Ella Ekogha, the spokesperson of the Gabonese Presidency announced with optimism on Sunday that the vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 launched on April 13, 2021 was “picking steam” with more Gabonese volunteering to take the jab.

Sources in the Gabonese Ministry of Health told HumAngle Monday morning that the country was also expecting 15,000 doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-5 which would be delivered “very soon.”

Gabon has so far recorded 23,432 COVID-19 infections, while 19,944 patients have been successfully treated with 143 deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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