The vaccines arrived at Kigali International Airport in the morning of Thursday 19th August 2021 onboard Qatar Airways.
Rwanda has been administering other types of vaccines including AstraZeneca manufactured from the United Kingdom and Pfizer from the United States.
The government recently announced that discussions were underway to start administering Johnson & Johnson and other types of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Rwanda also revealed that the country has been receiving at least 200,000 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses per week rolled out to recipients countrywide.
The Sinopharm COVID-19 doses received today are an addition the first batch of 480,000 Pfizer vaccines Rwanda received last night from the United States.
In addition to frontline personnel including community health workers, Rwanda has started vaccinating Rwandans and residents aged 40 and above as well as priority risk groups including pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and the elderly to whom vaccines are administered in their homes by mobile teams. So far, more than 950,000 people have been vaccinated since Rwanda began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021.