Staff Writer

ALROSA (Zimbabwe) Limited (ALROSA Zim) provided for Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine delivered to the Ministry of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe.

ALROSA Zim, a joint venture involving ALROSA and Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), facilitated the delivery of 25 000 doses of vaccine from Russia to Harare.

The second delivery with another 25 000 doses will arrive in Zimbabwe within a month.
“A member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, World Diamond Council and Natural Diamond Council, ALROSA is committed to the highest standards of social responsibility and complies with the strictest international industry standards.

“Supporting local communities in the regions where we operate is one of our top priorities. Year by year we support various social, environmental and charitable programs in the regions where we operate.

“A joint venture with ZCDC carries prospecting and early exploration works in Zimbabwe from 2020. In these challenging times, ALROSA Zim is donating COVID-19 vaccine kits to the people of Zimbabwe,” said ALROSA Deputy Chief executive officer Vladimir Marchenko.

The Gam-Covid-Vac combined vector vaccine developed by the N.F. Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology with support from the Russian Direct Investment Fund was registered by the Russian Ministry of Health in August 2020.

The vaccine was named “Sputnik V” after the first Soviet space satellite that opened a new era in global space research. Each vaccine kit consists of two doses

The country is targeting to inoculate a total of 10 million people or 60% of the population to achieve herd immunity. However, the vaccines roll out program has been slow mainly due to resistance by some members of society and the global supply constraints for the jabs – Harare
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