China to donate 2 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to Botswana


Staff members carry Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines donated by China to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana on April 25, 2021 (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo / Xinhua)
File photo of staff carrying Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines donated by China to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana, April 25, 2021. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo / Xinhua)

Chinese Ambassador to Botswana Wang Xuefeng on Saturday announced that China will donate two million doses of the Sinovac vaccine to Botswana in 2022.

“We hope that this new batch of donations will further assist the government of Botswana in its national immunization rollout plan, including the timing of booster doses,” Wang said in a video post posted on the Botswana’s Facebook page. Chinese Embassy.

The donation is part of China’s pledge to deliver a billion additional doses of vaccine to Africa, Wang said.

The announcement comes as the southern African country enters phase four of its national vaccine deployment plan, which will cover people aged 12 to 17, as well as after the Medicines Regulatory Authority of Botswana (BOMRA) approved the booster dosage plan.

Botswana has so far recorded 219,509 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,444 related deaths. At least 1,167,105 of Botswana’s 1.6 million adults received their first dose of vaccine, of which 1,032,584 were fully immunized.


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