By Fairstars Mukungurutse
As the private sector continues to complement government efforts in the fight against Covid-19, a local seed company has handed over five thousand doses of the Sinovac vaccine to government.
As part of the private sector initiative to partner government in achieving herd immunity, seed manufacturing firm Seedco handed over 5000 doses of Sinovac vaccine to government through the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement this Monday.
“Today we are presenting 5000 doses which vaccinates 2500 people. We saw it fit to partner government as it can not do it alone,” said Seedco Regional Managing Director, Dr Edwards Mhandu,
Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka highlighted that his ministry has set a target of ensuring that everyone in the sector is vaccinated by mid August.
“The agriculture sector is an essential service sector and it’s of utmost importance that we submit ourselves to this national vaccination programme. As the Ministry of Agriculture, by 16 August we must achieve 100 percent vaccination. We urge all agro-based entities to emulate Seedco and come forward in accelerating the vaccination programme,” he said.
Local Government and Public Works Minister Honourable July Moyo, who was the guest of honour at the event, applauded the private sector initiative.
He said: “We are privileged to have the private sector which is responsive, business people who are prepared to assist the nation in saving lives.as your corporate social responsibility programme you are helping the country to achieve herd immunity.”
Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro took the opportunity to once again urge Zimbabweans to get vaccinated.
“Covid-19 comes with serious health complications including reproductive challenges so each and every one of us must get vaccinated,” he said.
With the Covid-19 pandemic far from over, the contribution of the private sector is expected to go a long way in ensuring the country achieves herd immunity.