THE Chinese government will donate 100 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Namibia.
China has already donated vaccines to a number of other African nations such as Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that is battling to obtain enough doses to vaccinate large portions of their populations.
During the announcement Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming said that Beijing had decided to give priority to 53 developing countries including Namibia to acquire Chinese vaccines.
“This fully reflects the high-level bilateral relations between our two countries,” he said, adding that the two countries were coordinating closely to deliver the vaccine to Namibia as early as possible.
In November, Namibia approved an upfront payment of N$26.4 million to the Covax Facility, a vaccine distribution mechanism and program created and co-led by the World Health Organisation to grant access to vaccines to poorer countries.
Zhang said the Chinese government is currently working out details with the Namibian health ministry for delivery.
“I hope the donation would help Namibia overcome the pandemic soon,” he said.