China’s donation of buses has aided the vaccination drive.

China’s donation of buses has aided the vaccination drive.The contribution of two mobile units by the Yantai Municipal People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China has bolstered the government’s immunization drive.

The cars, worth 878,597 RMB each, are already in use and are operated by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA).

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton

Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, stated at the symbolic virtual handover ceremony on Thursday (September 30), that the mobile vaccination units have made stops at 12 locations across the island to date.
“At each stop, we were able to vaccinate on average 200 Jamaicans with a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine,” he said, adding that five more locations will be targeted in the following days.

Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude for the units, saying they will help Jamaica attain its vaccination target of 66% of the population by March 2022.

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He stated that the Ministry intends to acquire additional units from the manufacturer for the island’s vaccination program.
“I’ve been on the buses, toured them, and seen them in action in both urban and rural settings, and I really have to applaud the makers for the quality of the product, the ease of use, and the comfort that it provides to those who use it,” he said.

Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, stated in her remarks that the donation of the units is a further evidence of the countries’ close relationship and cooperation and would help accelerate the distribution of COVID-19 immunizations.
“This donation further cements our special relationship with Yantai, with whom Kingston has been linked since 2019… “The steady assistance that China has provided to Jamaica and our national aspirations and development, particularly in the area of public health, has been welcomed and greatly appreciated,” she said.

“This, combined with the arrival of the Shinopharm vaccines in the near future, will bring us closer to meeting the immunization targets set by the Government of Jamaica,” she added.
His Excellency Ambassador Tian Qi, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, stated that the contribution of vehicles and medical equipment, which would be on the island soon, will help the country’s response to the pandemic.

He stated that China has been doing its best to provide humanitarian assistance to the international community and to support global anti-epidemic operations, and that by the end of this year, China would have sent two billion doses of vaccinations to the rest of the world.
Mu Shuqing, Vice Mayor of Yantai, stated that donation is part of the cooperation between the countries and cities, while Chen Baiwei, Deputy Director General of the CPC’s Foreign Affairs Commission, Shandong Provincial Committee, stated that the city is ready “[for] more practical cooperation [with Jamaica] in trade, agriculture, fisheries, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.”

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