A batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 8. A handover ceremony was held at Kabul’s international airport, attended by Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu and Deputy Minister of Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry, Abdul Bari Omar.
This shipment of Sinopharm vaccines is the second Chinese donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Afghanistan. The first batch was shipped in June.
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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.
China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp. known as Sinopharm is a Chinese state-owned enterprise. The corporation was the indirect major shareholder of publicly traded companies Sinopharm Group, China Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shanghai Shyndec Pharmaceutical and Beijing Tiantan Biological Products.