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China donates 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda

Rwanda has received an additional 300,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine along with syringe donated by China as the country is stepping up efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible against COVID-19, an official source revealed Monday.

Dr. Albert Tuyishime, Head of Department at Rwanda Biomedical Centre, received the vaccines at the airport and attended the handover ceremony in presence of . Mr.Wang Jiaxin, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Kigai.

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Wang and Dr. Tuyishime signed the handover certificate on behalf of the two governments at the ceremony.

China has been supporting Rwanda’s anti-COVID-19 efforts since its first case was confirmed in March last year.

Rwanda launched a nationwide vaccination campaign on March 5, starting with people from risk groups, including health personnel, frontline workers, and those older than 65 years or with underlying health conditions.

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Rwanda targets to vaccinate 30 percent of the population by the end of 2021 and 60 percent by the end of 2022.

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