The vaccine Sinopharm is one of two main coronavirus vaccines from China that got the nod from the World Health Organisation to be rolled out in PNG in May and to date has been administered to at least 5233 people in the country.
The Post Courier newspaper reports that China Medical Team deputy leader Dr Liu Zhenqui said his team had been working in partnership with the Port Moresby General Hospital staff to carry out the vaccination program.
"We are so glad to have a chance to be here to make this donation to make the rollout of Sinopharm vaccine more convenient for our people in PNG," Dr Liu said.
Queues had formed at the hospital well before the scheduled vaccination times.
Medical Services director Dr Kane Sobi thanked the team tor handing over the donation on behalf of the Chinese Embassy. "The whole idea is that by vaccinating people, we can reduce the incidence of transmission and hopefully get out of this pandemic as soon as possible."
Apart from the vaccines, the Chinese Embassy also donated a refrigerator, a cold chain box, 1000 sets of isolation suits, 5000 gloves, 5000 masks, five temperature guns and 20 ice bricks.