China renew its commitment to continue to support the people of Sierra Leone achieving healthy society amidst the raging corona virus epidemic
On February 25, 2021, 200,000 vials of Sino-pharm COVID-19 vaccines together with 201,600 pieces of syringes donated by the Chinese government to Sierra Leone arrived at Lungi International Airport. H.E. Chinese Ambassador Hu Zhangliang, Hon. Acting Minister of Health and Sanitation Anthony Sandy, Hon. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Spokesperson of NaCOVERC Solomon Jamiru, Hon. Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II Amara Jambai, and other dignitaries, friends and representatives of the fourth estate graced the hand-over ceremony.
Ambassador Hu said that this donation is one of the concrete actions by China in honoring H.E. President Xi Jinping’s pledge of making China’s COVID-19 vaccine a global public good and it also vividly reflects the strong friendship between China and Sierra Leone.
Hon. Deputy Minister Jamiru and Hon. Acting Minister Sandy, on behalf of H.E. President Maada Bio, thanked China for the kind gesture as the two countries are celebrating the wonderful 50 years of the founding of diplomatic relations. Hon. Deputy Minister Jamiru also highlighted that the very special, cordial relationship between Sierra Leone and China will continue to evolve from strength to strength, and from prosperity to prosperity.
The safety and efficacy of these donated vaccines has been scientifically proven and meets the standards of China’s National Medical Products Administration and those of the WHO. The donation is expected to help beef up Sierra Leone’s tenacious fight against COVID-19.