Somalia has signed a deal with the Chinese company, Sinopharm for the delivery of 200,000 doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine to boost the country’s mass vaccination drive.
The deal was signed by the country’s ambassador, Awale Kullane in a ceremony witnessed deputy head of mission Said Mire in Beijing.
The deal comes as world leaders and the WHO are calling for countries to share their vaccines in efforts to contain the pandemic.
Somalia began its vaccination drive on March 16th, after receiving 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX initiative. The vaccine rollout will prioritise frontline healthcare workers, the elderly, and essential workers.