ZIMBABWE yesterday received one million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines procured from China to intensify the fight against COVID-19.
By Patricia Mashiri
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mtuli Ncube, said the country had US$92 million for the procurement of vaccines from the United Nation’s vaccines sharing initiative (COVAX) and they were expecting more vaccines.
So our vaccination program and vaccine acquisition program is going very well. For the first dose, we are already reaching about 50.000 vaccination per day, which is good going indeed. So all is going well. We feel that we are well of our way of achieving that target of heard immunity which we need in order to open our economy safely so that the recovery is sustained and we can move from strength to strength with our objectives,” Ncube said.
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro said they have decentralized the vaccination process to ensure that the heard immunity is achieved at the community level.
“The vaccines are going to be distributed across the country from the central faci lity. The vaccination is just not happening at government hospitals but all over even in hard areas so as to reach herd immunity.
“For those between 3 and 17 there are studies being done by Sinovac to see suitability of the age group receiving the vaccine in China. Government is sitting down with paediatricians and the medicines control authority of Zimbabwe studying available data to see and make recommendations on the issue,” Dr Mangwiro said.