By Mutsa Makuvaza
THE Chinese deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zhao Baogang, has angrily dismissed reports that the Sinopharm vaccine donated by China had a role in the stroke and subsequent death of a Gutu healthcare worker.
As Zimbabwe Voice reported yesterday citing TellZim News, a health worker Jefta Gwandure received the Sinopharm COVID-19 jab last week on February 26 and suffered stroke a few hours later.
Gwandure was immediately rushed to Gutu Mission Hospital before being transferred to Masvingo Provincial Hospital.
He was then transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare where he died today March 5, 2021.
Commenting on story, Baogang said whoever authored the story displayed stupidity and ignorance.
“More than 50 million Chinese people have got vaccinated and no one died of the vaccine. Please investigate first, not jump to the conclusion. Otherwise it reveals ignorance and stupidity,” he wrote on Twitter.
He said China was, unlike some rich Western counties which are hoarding vaccines, actually trying its best to assist the world come out of the pandemic.
“Some countries provide and give vaccines. What is your comment on those countries holding thousands of doses of vaccines and even until now give none, (and are) imposing sanctions against Zimbabwe?
“Just try to b fair. Be real,” he fumed.
Meanwhile, Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Amadeus Shamhu is quoted by TellZim News saying that Gwandure was a blood pressure patient and his death could just be coincidental.
“I can confirm that I received information about that case but I was unaware that he had passed away. It could highly be coincidental because he had previously been diagnosed with BP and had gone off medication for unknown reasons.
“It is now difficult to ascertain whether he died due to complications caused by the vaccine or it was just mere coincidence,” said Dr Shamhu.
Recently, high-ranking public officials had scaled up campaigns to encourage the public to go for inoculation. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the country’s first person to revive the vaccine said he has had no side effects or complications at all. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺