Chinese residents to be vaccinated with doses on priority basis
In a first for the country, the Ministry of Health (MoH) received a batch of Chinese vaccines on Monday, which it said will be given to the Chinese community in Oman on priority basis.
‘As part of bilateral relations and joint cooperation between the sultanate and China, the ministry on Monday received a batch of Sinovac vaccines for COVID-19 that has been offered by the government of China. The Chinese community residing in the sultanate will be given priority to take the vaccine,’ an MoH statement said.
‘MoH would like to thank the Chinese Embassy for its valuable cooperation in the field of health since the beginning of the pandemic.’
H E Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, tweeted that Oman received 100,000 doses of vaccines from China. “We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Chinese government and Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for this initiative.”
Chinese residents in Oman hailed the step. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Lyu Zhi Li, a Chinese resident, said, “The Chinese Embassy is coordinating with concerned authorities for vaccination arrangements. This decision is good news for all Chinese residents in Oman. We appreciate the efforts of our government and the Chinese Embassy.”
Lyu added that there are around 10,000 Chinese in Oman.
“In the current circumstances, vaccines are the most precious gift from the motherland. I am very proud of being a Chinese. Our government has always taken care of the overseas Chinese people,” he said.
Another Chinese resident, investor He Lihong Jenny, said, “It’s great news. I appreciate this decision as a Chinese citizen. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies and consulates abroad have taken active steps to assist overseas Chinese to be vaccinated against coronavirus. This is in line with China’s ‘Spring Sprout’ vaccination programme.”
Launched in February this year, the programme aims to help and secure COVID-19 vaccines for Chinese citizens abroad.