The 20,000 vaccines being donated by the Chinese Government are expected to arrive in Guyana by March.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd, yesterday met with Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Chen Xilai, who confirmed that the allotment has been approved by his government.
Minister Todd expressed sincere appreciation on behalf of Government and noted that the vaccines will significantly aid Government’s effort to combat the COVID-19 virus.
The Charge d’Affaires conveyed that the vaccines are expected to be shipped as soon as March. He also added that, Guyana is among 38 countries that will receive the Sinopharm vaccine.
Aside from this donation, Guyana is also expected to receive 104,000 does of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX mechanism. Those vaccines will be distributed after they receive emergency use authorisation from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony disclosed in the National Assembly yesterday, that Guyana will also be getting an additional 149,000 doses from an agreement between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union.