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COVID-19; Zimbabwe Launches Vaccination Campaign

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The Zimbabwe government has launched its Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga took the first jab in a bid to reassure the public that they are safe.

Only 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, donated by the Chinese government have so far been delivered, with another 600,000 expected next month.

It was gathered that the vaccine is going to first be given to public health workers, police officers, soldiers, and prison officials.

Zimbabwe aims to vaccinate 10 million people and is still sourcing other vaccines to achieve this target.

Zimbabwean officials say the Sinopharm vaccine is 79% effective and has shown some success against the variant discovered in South Africa.

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