China donates 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 March 2021:

Yesterday Monday, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone – Hu Zhangliang, presented 200,000 doses of the Chinese made SinoPharm COVID-19 vaccine, and 201,600 disposable needles and syringes to President Dr Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown, on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

Addressing President Bio, Ambassador Hu said he was pleased to be making the donation on behalf of his government and country, adding that the consignment of medical supplies is part of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to helping other countries manage the deadly Coronavirus.

He thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nabeela Tunis, the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre for their involvement in facilitating the arrival of the consignment to Sierra Leone.

President Bio expressed appreciation to the Chinese Government, emphasising that China is always  helpful to Sierra Leone whenever the small west African nation is need.

He said: “A friend in need, is a friend indeed”, adding that Sierra Leone is grateful for the great show of friendship, and assuring the ambassador that the vaccines will be used for the intended purpose.

But questions are being asked as to how the government of Sierra Leone will prioritise the use of the vaccine.

There are suspicions officials may offer the vaccine to the highest bidder – especially rich foreigners doing business in the country. Others are suggesting that each region should be allocated its own share of the vaccine.

Ghana is one of the first countries in Africa to start using the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine, which has been proven to be more effective than the Chinese made SinoPharm vaccine.

Yesterday, both the President of Ghana Akufo-Addo (Photo below) and his wife were live on local television taking the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine. Today, thousands of  health clinicians have started receiving their vaccines accross Ghana.

4 Comments

  1. Mr Kalokoh, once again you are ignoring the realities facing us humanity and pushing a different narrative that is out of sync with what is happening around the world. I hope you never run for president in Sierra leone, because I will not vote for you. Just in case you are not aware, there is a once in a lifetime pandemic killing people in their thousands around the world. And this virus called COVID19 has killed more people in advanced economies like the Americas and Europe than on our own African continent, which in some sense you will say we have been lucky so far. And our lucky stars are shining in that a vaccine has been developed to tackle this deadly virus.

    This virus has claimed more African lives in the diaspora than some of the countries our brothers and sisters originally come from. Ethiopia, Ghana and some of our Sierra Leoneans brothers and sisters who work in the healthcare sectors in this country. My advice for you my brother if you chose not to take the vaccine, no one will force you to. But please spare us the Trump like conspiracy theories, about the vaccines and let us take the vaccine and save ourselves from people like you that are wedded in conspiracy theories.

    • There you go again bloviating like you always do. Mr. Jalloh, refute what I said or respectfully keep it moving.

  2. Mr Stargazer – Aren’t people dying of the Covid-19 disease in Sierra Leone? And aren’t the vaccines being deployed around the world proving, in varying degrees of course, effective? By the way, some of our African brothers including South Africa and our closest neighbours – Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria are already rolling out vaccines acquired under the auspices of COVAX. Elsewhere, Turkey, Serbia, Indonesia and a host of Latin American countries have opted for vaccines from either China or Russia or both. I don’t think these countries are still trapped in the Stone Age: they certainly are not coerced into accepting what they would prefer not to, had they the means of resisting those forcing things down their throats. Rather, they are all and so are Sierra Leoneans, of the 21st century, well attuned to the fact that scientific and technological progress and innovation in the field of medicine, holds the key to mankind’s survival in his unending battle with the overwhelming forces of nature.

  3. But who is begging though? I can certainly assure you that the average man/woman in SaLone is not worrying about damn vaccines. It’s only some of you typing encyclopedias who are pushing this empty narrative about vaccination. If you ask me, I say worry about yourself and your family and leave the rest of us to be.

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