Brunei has received another 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China last night, marking the republic’s second contribution to the sultanate.

The first batch of the Chinese vaccine consisting of 52,000 doses arrived in February this year prior to the start of the National Vaccination Programme on 3 April.

Chinese ambassador Yu Hong (L) handing over the vaccines to Second Minister of Foreign Affairs YB Dato Hj Erywan Yusof. Image:Yusri Adanan

Brunei and China have been committed in extending mutual assistance to combat the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020.

In March 2020, the sultanate offered financial aid to help China manage the impact of the pandemic.

This year marked the countries’ 30-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, signifying a great milestone for Brunei and China.

100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine ready to be transported to the Ministry of Health. Image Yusri Adanan

As Strategic Cooperative Partners, both countries have continued to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, energy, agriculture and fisheries, connectivity, tourism, health, defence and people-to-people exchanges, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a statement.

Moreover, Brunei and China have also maintained close cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

New batch of Sinopharm vaccine seen unloaded from Royal Brunei aircraft upon arrival to Brunei Darussalam at 10.45pm on 12 September 2021. Image: Yusri Adanan

On hand to receive the vaccines on behalf of the government was Minister of Foreign Affairs II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.

In attendance to hand over the vaccines to the minister was Ambassador of China to Brunei Yu Hong.

Also in attendance at the Brunei International Airport were senior government officials from MoFA and Ministry of Health and representatives from the Embassy of China in Bandar Seri Begawan.

BIACC staff seen handling the new batch of Sinopharm vaccine upon arrival to Brunei Darussalam ready to transported to the Ministry of Health. Image: Yusri Adanan.
BIACC staff seen handling the new batch of Sinopharm vaccine upon arrival to Brunei Darussalam ready to transported to the Ministry of Health. Image: Yusri Adanan.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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