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.
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.
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.
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.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN