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Tanzania receives half a million Sinopharm vaccines

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By DOROTHY NDALU

Tanzania received the third batch of Sinopharm vaccine from China on Monday.

The 500,000 doses were received at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam by Minister of Health Dorothy Gwajima.

Dr Gwajima said the vaccines would help protect 250,000 Tanzanians from the coronavirus.

“Today, we are receiving 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines from the Chinese government to continue providing citizens with another type of vaccine against Covid -19. This will give citizens the opportunity to choose the vaccine they want, ”said Dr Gwajima.

She added that the vaccines have been shown to be effective and safe by Tanzanian specialists and agencies.

The vaccines would be distributed immediately to health facilities, she said.

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Tanzania has so far received 1,058,400 Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines and a further 1,065,600 doses of Sinopharm from the Covax facility.

“To date, statistics show that we have vaccinated 972,476 citizens with the Janssen vaccine, or 91.9%,” the minister said.

“In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to say that the Janssen vaccines have been completed since October 19, 2021 and that we now continue to provide the Sinopharm vaccine. “

Dr Gwajima said that according to figures as of October 31, the total number of Tanzanians who had received the Sinopharm vaccine was 88,546, or 8.3% of the 1,065,600 doses.

The regions that have had a high use of jabs are Ruvuma, Mbeya, Mtwara, Dodoma and Kagera.

“The government will continue to provide vaccination against Covid-19 in various health facilities across the country in accordance with existing guidelines. We continue to insist that vaccines be provided to all people from the age of 18, ”said Dr Gwajima.

The minister said the vaccinations are voluntary and free. Tanzania hopes to immunize around 60 percent of its adult population.


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