China to donate 150,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses to El Salvador

FILE PHOTO: A box with China’s SINOVAC vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen during the mass vaccination program for the elderly people at Movistar Arena in Bogota, Colombia March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said on Sunday that China will donate 150,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Central American nation, on top of the 2 million Sinovac jabs his government already purchased.

“I received a letter from President Xi Jinping, where he informs me that he will donate 150,000 vaccines against COVID-19 to our country,” Bukele wrote on Twitter.

The donation will help El Salvador, a country of around 6.5 million people, which began its immunization campaign with the AstraZeneca vaccine in February.

El Salvador has reported 64,431 cases of coronavirus and 2,025 deaths from the virus.

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