Geingob's talks with Mnangwagwa led to vaccine donation
01 September 2021 | International
The donation of 20 000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine by Zimbabwe followed a discussion between President Hage Geingob and that country's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 24 August 2021 at the inauguration of Zambia’s new head of state.
This was said by international relations and cooperation minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah when she received the donation at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Monday.
Ndaitwah said the speed with which Zimbabwe aided Namibia with the vaccines and other medical essentials demonstrates their long-term cooperation and bilateral relations which will continue to grow from strength to strength in all sectors of economy.
“I hope now the people of Namibia understand why Namibia has always stood behind Zimbabwe during their difficult time of economic sanctions and we will continue to support the people of Zimbabwe,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She said Namibia supported the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decision to call for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe.
“Namibia is struggling to ensure that our people are vaccinated, therefore the donation will add to the government’s effort to win Covid-19 by reaching the targeted herd immunity and return to normality,” she said.
At the same event, deputy minister of foreign affairs and international trade of Zimbabwe David Musabaya said President Mnangagwa saw it fit to assist in Namibia’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic through the donation of vaccines.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that this fight cannot be won by individual countries acting alone but in unison,” he noted.
Namibia has to date administered 211 118 first doses of Covid-19 vaccine and 111 523 second doses.