By Mutsa Makuvaza
AN Air Zimbabwe plane arrived this Monday morning at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare with a payload of 200,000 Sinopharm vaccines it has gone to pick up in China.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, several top Government officials and Chinese diplomats were at the airport to receive the vaccines which the Government of China donated to the people of Zimbabwe.
Although 200,000 doses are just 2 percent of what the country needs, they are a good start in protecting frontline staff who for long have been working under difficult circumstances to fight the virulent COVID-19.
The Chinese diplomats will officially hand over the vaccines to President Mnangagwa at the State House this morning, and the President will address the nation. Mnangagwa is also expects to announce a review of the current level 4 lockdown, which expires tonight midnight.
Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba told Chronicle yesterday that President Mnangagwa after officially receiving the vaccines from the Chinese Ambassador Mr Shaochum will address the nation on the way forward in terms of the lockdown.
“The vaccines will arrive tomorrow at 3am and a formal presentation to the His Excellency at the State House will then follow. While we are not ignoring the concern around Covid-19, our major focus will obviously be on how we are a step higher in terms of rolling out the vaccine programme,” said Charamba.
“Readers should be alive to fact that while the vaccine will lessen the strength of the virus, it does not render one immune, we still need to up our game in terms of masking up, washing hands and keeping social distancing
“You will see the tempo changing even in terms of public communication, we will now be focusing on the vaccine roll-out. We also need to address the issue of roll-out in respect of teachers as that has a bearing on schoolchildren and the calendar.
“It is an issue that we need to debate and then get guidance from experts as a matter of urgency as we have thousands upon thousands who are just at home, those who are fortunate are doing online learning.” – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺