Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming announced on Thursday that his government will donate 100 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Namibia.
Zhang made the announcement in Windhoek when the embassy and Swakop Uranium donated N$ 1 million to First Lady Monica Geingos’ One Economy Foundation.
He said the donation of vaccines is at the request of the Namibian government.
“This fully reflects the high-level bilateral relations between our two countries. The two sides are coordinating closely to deliver the vaccine to Namibia as early as possible,” he said, adding that Namibia has also been listed among the priority countries to purchase Chinese vaccines.
Zhang said since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Namibia, the Chinese government, enterprises, non-governmental organisations, and communities in Namibia have provided support to Namibia to assist the country in containing the spread of the virus.
He noted that in June 2020, during the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on solidarity against COVID-19, Chinese President Xi Jinping further made a commitment that once the development and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine has been completed in China, African countries would be among the first to benefit.
The ambassador said China, despite difficulties including limitation of production, has decided to prioritise 53 African countries including Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe, which received batches last week. More African countries including Namibia are expected to receive vaccine in the coming weeks, he said.