Anxious wait for vaccine finally over


THE Chinese population living in New Ireland have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Sinopharm vaccine for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) are now grateful to finally get the vaccine.
New Ireland Provincial Health Authority director for curative health services Dr Charles Peni thanked the Chinese government for donating 1,800 doses of the vaccine, and the Chinese medical team based in Port Moresby for delivering it to the province over the weekend.
Dr Peni said the vaccines would assist them in their Covid-19 vaccination rollout in the province.
Chinese medical team deputy captain Dr Liu Zhenqui assured the provincial government that the Sinopharm vaccine was safe with 10,000 doses already administered in the country of which 2,000 had been given to Papua New Guineans.
Dr Liu said the Sinopharm vaccine was effective and could cover up to 20 variants of Covid-19.
He said the vaccine was currently being administered to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 and had no severe reactions to date.
The Chinese medical team have so far travelled to Mendi, Goroka, Kimbe, Lae and Kokopo with Kavieng being their sixth destination.