ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s health officials have received 300, 000 doses Covid-19 vaccine from China’s state-backed China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).
The vaccines have arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Tuesday Morning.
“High-level Ethiopian government officials and representatives from the Chinese embassy in Addis Ababa received the vaccines,” said Ethiopian Airlines, which was responsible for transporting the jab from Beijing.
The Sinopharm doses are the first shots Ethiopia has secured outside the global COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative.
Ethiopia has already started administering the COVID-19 vaccine on March 13, 2021, a week after its health officials received 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneza vaccine through COVAX.
“The donation that we have received today will play a significant role to enhance the nation’s effort to tackle the pandemic particularly the ongoing immunization program,” health minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said. “My sincere thanks to the Chinese government for its continued support to Ethiopia in the fight against COVID-19″.
Health officials plan to inoculate 20 percent of the total population of Ethiopia against coronavirus by 2021.
The East African nation has so far conducted 2,340,575 COVID-19 tests and confirmed over 200, 000 cases. As of Monday evening, the nation has 44,528 active COVID-19 cases. Of these patients, 795 are said to be under severe health conditions.