Addis Ababa, January 21, 2022 (Walta) – Chinese Government has donated some 2.2 million Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines to Ethiopia.
Minister of Health, Dr. Lia Tadesse, and Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a handover of 2.2 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines to the People and Government of China have donated to Ethiopia.
Dr. Lia lauded the Government and People of China for the continuous support in the prevention effort of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia.
The current 2.2 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines are the 5th round donation of Chinese government support extended to Ethiopia over the year last year, Dr. Lia said.
China has been supported a total of some 7.5 million doses of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines to Ethiopia, she stated, noting that it has been greatly contributing to the access of COVID-19 vaccination to the community.
The support of China to Ethiopia in the effort to mitigate the pandemic has not been limited to the provision of COVID-19 vaccines rather China has also been supporting Ethiopia in prevention, treatment, detection, and testing, she stated.
Besides the provision and donation of COVID-19 vaccines, China has been alongside Ethiopia in support of other sectors of the country, she pointed out.
Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Zhao Zhiyuan on his part said the arrival of 2.2 million vaccines to Ethiopia demonstrates that China is turning its commitments of friendship into visible and tangible outcomes.
The Ambassador stated “everyone knows China and Ethiopia are both brothers and sisters. We always support each other. We will continue to support Ethiopia in to fight against COVID-19. And, in 2022, we will make more vaccines to deliver here.”