Along with the 400,00 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated to Sudan, China also provided respirators, blood oxygen tester kits, and around 1.5 million face masks.
On Wednesday, the Sudanese Minister of Health, Omar al-Najib, met with the Chinese ambassador to Sudan, Ma Xinmin, in Khartoum.
The meeting discussed the joint bilateral cooperation between the two countries’ health sectors, and assistance in eliminating the Coronavirus.
The Minister of Health praised the continued efforts undertaken by the People’s Republic of China in supporting Sudan’s health sector.
He pointed out that part of the aid received by the ministry –mainly doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine – was sent to the Red Sea State in Sudan, which had been witnessing a worrying increase in the numbers of both COVID-19 infections and casualties.
The health minister in Sudan also called on China to contribute to local manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to provide support and cooperation for Sudan.
He pointed out to the huge Chinese investments present in the country, such as the Shanghai factory for pharmaceutical manufacturing in Sudan.
The ambassador announced that the aid shipments provided by his country will arrive through the Sudanese embassy in China.
The Coronavirus appeared for the first time in China in December 2019, before its eventual outbreak into neighboring countries and then the rest of the world.
So far, millions around the world have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.