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Chinese donation to Burundi: medical equipment, not vaccines against COVID-19

by Cédric Ayisa - June 15, 2020   462 Views   1 min
Chinese donation to Burundi: medical equipment, not vaccines against COVID-19

Claim

Chine gifted Africa with Covid-19 vaccines

Verdict

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

According to a Facebook post, China offered COVID-19 vaccines to Africa. The publication, dated 10 April 2020, states that the vaccines will first be tested in Burundi and then in other African countries. This claim is qualified as inaccurate as a whole, with reservations.

A real ceremony - but not for a vaccine donation

The claim has been shared several times on Facebook. In the publication, one can indeed see a ceremony marking the reception of a donation from China to the government of Burundi.

When conducting an image search on Google, we can see that these photos appeared, for the first time, on the Twitter accounts of the Ministry of Public Health of Burundi and the Chinese Embassy in Burundi, on April 3, 2020. This date marks the delivery of medical supplies - but not vaccines: to date, there are no vaccines against COVID-19. The World Health Organization is coordinating global efforts to develop medicines and vaccines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

In the presence of the Ambassador of China and the Minister of Public Health of Burundi, medical material and equipment were donated to the Prince Regent Charles Hospital, located in Bujumbura, the economic capital of Burundi. The Department of Public Health of Burundi (MSPLS), through its Twitter account, sent a message of thanks to the Chinese government for the assistance provided to the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The value of the donation was estimated at $400,000 according to the Department of Public Health of Burundi. 

There was indeed a ceremony, and Burundi did receive a donation of medical equipment from China. But this equipment did not include vaccines against COVID-19, since such a vaccine does not yet exist. The verdict? This publication is inaccurate with reservation: it is misleading.

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Davy Kolo Wisdom

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Chine gifted Africa with Covid-19 vaccines

Verdict:

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

 June 15, 2020


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