The government says plans to roll out a covid-19 vaccine in Zimbabwe are on course, but warned citizens against complacence in the wake of the plans.
This was revealed by the Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere when he presented resolutions of the COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Taskforce regards the country’s response to the pandemic.
“A draft Covid-19 vaccine framework and plan has been developed and will be communicated in due course after all due processes have been finalised.
“Regarding law and order, our security forces continue to enforce the lockdown regulations by way of mounting roadblocks across the country.
“What is worrying is that within a week, 9993 people were arrested for not wearing masks and this points negligence by some members of society who are not taking the virus seriously.
“We are all reminded that self-discipline and self-policing are pre-requisites during this lockdown period and beyond,” said Dr Muswere.
The Deputy Chairperson of the COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Taskforce, Professor Amon Murwira, said the vaccine rollout plan does not give Zimbabweans the license to be complacent.
“We have to protect ourselves and guarding against complacency is key,” he said.
Amid reports of flouting of COVID-19 lockdown regulations by some individuals and transporters, government is tightening screws on enforcement.
The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Honourable Michael Madiro said police are tightening up and covering unorthodox routes that were created by some kombi drivers to avoid police roadblocks.
Government continues to emphasise that the fight against COVID-19 is a collective responsibility.