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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.

The Zimbabwe health ministry has in a tweet announced the arrival of its first 200,000 doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, which was donated by China.

The consignment arrived on Monday morning in an Air Zimbabwe flight and was handed over to the government by the Chinese ambassador to the country.

It was gathered that additional 600,000 doses ordered by the Zimbabwean government are expected to arrive in March.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on as he gives a media conference at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The Zimbabwe government has announced that the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which was due to end by midnight on Sunday will be extended by two weeks.

Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a live broadcast, stated that the conditions for lifting the restrictions had not been met which resulted in the extension. Describing the extension as a hard decision made reluctantly, but one that was necessary and unavoidable.

Although, it is said that mining and manufacturing operations will be exempted, in order to keep the economy running.

25 coronavirus cases and three deaths has been recorded in Zimbabwe so far.