Emmerson Mngangagwa on Tuesday received a second batch of Sinopharm doses donated by China plus an additional Sinovac doses.

A chartered Air Zimbabwe plane landed at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport with the consignment of the vaccines.

It was received by Mnangagwa, Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the health minister, the Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun and other senior government officials.

Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to China for its continued support in fighting the pandemic.

“We remain thankful to China for the support of this program. This includes the timely provision of epidemiological expertise and personal protective equipment among other aspects,” he said.

“China’s unparalleled readiness to avail access to the vaccines for commercial procurement testifies to our enhancing cooperation particularly in these times of distress and competition of resources.”

“China is a steadfast advocate for equitable vaccine distribution. We have joined COVAX, under which China has undertaken to provide an initial 10 million doses for emergency use in developing countries,” he said.