A plane of Ethiopian Airlines carrying the vaccines arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Saturday. Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie, Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical Services in the Ministry of Health Kennedy Malama, as well as officials from the United Nations agencies witnessed the arrival of the vaccines.
The Chinese envoy said the donation was another important embodiment of the all-whether friendship and unity of the two governments and peoples in fighting the pandemic.
He said he hoped the donation of the vaccines and syringes will support Zambia’s anti-epidemic efforts, adding that unity and cooperation are important for effectively fighting the pandemic.
“China is actively promoting the COVID-19 vaccine as an important measure to fight against the pandemic,” he said.
The Chinese envoy emphasized the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine as a global public product and called on all parties to continue their efforts to achieve the accessibility and affordability of the vaccine in developing countries.
On his part, the Zambian government official thanked China for the donation, saying it will go a long way in supplementing the country’s vaccination program.
Malama said the country requires more support for the vaccination program as more people have not yet been vaccinated.
According to him, China has been a great partner to Zambia’s development process for a long time, adding that the health sector has benefited immensely from the support.
Malama added Zambia has been working with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention which has provided technical and moral support.